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Barbados Prison Project
RW was contracted to provide the housing unit construction for this high security prison on the easternmost island in the Caribbean, Barbados. The selection was based on RW’s proposal of a mobile approach to building the prison cell units directly on the project site. RW committed to shipping the precast formwork, cranes, specialty prison equipment, as well as our management personnel to the country to prefabricate the housing cells onsite. In total, RW transported over 500,000 lbs of capital equipment and materials originating in different areas of North America to accomplish the construction of this high profile project.
In 2005, inmates had rioted and destroyed the original 150-year old prison in St. Michael presenting a need for a fast-track building solution as the nation prepared to host the finals of the World Cup of Cricket in 2007. RW worked closely with the project owner, architect and general contractor, ultimately beating the schedule parameters set for the housing construction.
In total, RW provided 484 prison cells for this open-air designed facility. Each cell was furnished with louvered windows and doors for air flow, detention furnishings, coating systems, plumbing and electrical equipment. RW trained and employed the local labor force in the building of the housing units, leaving skills with the community beyond our project completion and departure.