Contract awarded for new prison design concept

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Justice Minister Darin King announced this morning that the government has awarded a contract to Vancouver-based Parkin Architects for design and site selection on a new prison for the province.

Darin King.

The new facility would replace Her Majesty’s Penitentiary — parts of which are well over 100 years old, and advocates say it’s desperately in need of replacement.

“The time has come to replace Her Majesty’s Penitentiary and while this is the first step, it is an important one,” King said in a news release. “Parkin Architects Limited has considerable experience in designing correctional facilities and I look forward to seeing their concepts of what a new penitentiary for Newfoundland and Labrador will potentially look like.”

The work by Parkin will include a conceptual floor plan, proposed site location, implementation schedule, and an estimate of the cost.

The government news release did not say how long it will take to complete the initial design work.

Organizations: Parkin Architects

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Just sayin
    February 26, 2014 - 14:57

    We have "world class" engineers to build Muskrat Falls, but never built anything like it before, and for only 10 billion. But a jail..... that's just too complicated. We have no expertise in that. And no one to pick a site. How about Kelly's Island. Just put up tents. Send in Dr. Craig once every six months.

  • Charles
    February 25, 2014 - 06:12

    To funny, Mr King making his living of the taxpayers, And he give the contract to mainland firm, Don't say much about our skill company. Now I can understand why you didn't run for leader. LOL

  • Lonewolf
    February 25, 2014 - 00:24

    Yes and that is what they are doing running a city, not a province

  • Gekko
    February 24, 2014 - 16:40

    Aren't there a bunch of miners in |Wabush who will be looking for work soon? Lets build the prison there, it's win-win, jobs for Labradorians and we get to send the prisoners as far away as possible.

  • Angie
    February 24, 2014 - 14:58

    Calvin, how exactly do you know that NO NL firm has ANY experience? This is a topic for another "Newfie" joke; we are too stupid to design our own prison!!!

  • Calvin
    February 24, 2014 - 14:02

    Oh my gawd people, get a clue. Typical Newfoundland response, "Let's freak out about something that we know nothing about." How many prisons have been built in Newfoundland in the last 100 years? Anyone?! Zero!!!!!! Many Newfoundland design firms will be involved in some way in this project, but none of them were capable of handling the design themselves. Unlike one poster's brilliant comment about it being 4 walls and a roof, there is a lot to consider when designing a prison and no Newfoundland firm has ANY experience. But by all means, lets whine and complain for the sake of it... what a joke we have become.

    • Robert
      February 24, 2014 - 14:09

      Very well said Calvin!! I was going to comment that perhaps gov't should consult with the people who built the current HMP; it did last 150+ years!

    • Come on
      February 24, 2014 - 17:42

      We can design buildings, schools, hospitals, etc etc. It's an insult to give the work outside. It can't be that difficult. The Vancouver company had to start somewhere. Talk to the guards, they must know what they need.

  • Muggins
    February 24, 2014 - 12:56

    I hope it doesn't take as long as the Corner Brook hospital. That was announced in 2007 & they still have no firm design. The gov'ts solution... throw more money at it to the tune of over $600,000. so far, & that's only for the design. If this is the way gov't works, I'm afraid it's going to be well over a decade before they even put a shovel in the ground.

  • Just sayin
    February 24, 2014 - 12:44

    Locally we can design hospitals, schools, hotels, taxation data centres etc, and many Rcmp stations, including the large facicilty in the white Hills, but can't design a jail? Something rotten it seems.

  • mundy
    February 24, 2014 - 12:34

    We were all expecting a "big announcement". A contract was awarded, so ?????

    • Dolf
      February 24, 2014 - 13:24

      And that's only to tell us what it might look like. What a load of bullshit!

  • Jon
    February 24, 2014 - 12:23

    And queue the complainers. No matter what you people will complain. Biggest bunch of whiners in Canada.

  • shocked
    February 24, 2014 - 12:09

    I am shocked to read that a vancouver based company will design and propose a site location for the new prison facility here in Newfoundland. What a slap in the face to our own reliable, experienced architects here in Newfoundland. Have this company every been here in Newfoundland? Wouldn't newfoundlanders be more experienced in choosing the best site location? WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DID WE ELECT TO RUN OUR GOVERNMENT??????

    • Tom
      February 24, 2014 - 12:23

      Please do some extra research people. The company mentioned will be working with two local firms to design the penitentiary. If we want a poorly designed prison, then yes, hire a Newfoundland based company. Large scale designs such as this require experience. Parkin has designed prisons before, no Newfoundland based firm has ever done anything like this.

  • dontgetmextarted
    February 24, 2014 - 12:06

    My bets are on Danny's new industrial park. He could have the inmates clearing land for him, just like out at the farm on Salmonier Line

  • Christine Chadderton
    February 24, 2014 - 11:49

    There's a large already prepared spot just off the Lewin parkway, doesn't appear to be anything going on there

  • Typical
    February 24, 2014 - 11:33

    So much for awarding it to a local firm. No wonder NFLDERS are leaving and the government is the cause of it! Hard to make a dollar here.

  • Anna
    February 24, 2014 - 11:30

    Are there no Architects in NL that could have been given this contract? This government sure knows how to make people upset. Do they still want to get elected or are they doing everything possible to peeve people off? How many contracts has British Columbia awared to Newfoundland and Labrador Architects?

  • Daphne
    February 24, 2014 - 11:23

    So much for the government trying to keep jobs in NL. Way to go. .

    • Jon
      February 24, 2014 - 12:48

      Yes, I'm sure there are just so many local firms with experience in designing and building penitentiaries. Read the story. The main architect will be partnering with local firms. Complain, complain.

  • confused
    February 24, 2014 - 11:02

    a Vancouver-based company is going to find the best place in Newfoundland to build a new prison?? I think I'm missing something here also.. why are we electing people to run our province again??

    • confused as well
      February 25, 2014 - 05:29

      Why not award contract to a NL architect firm and they, if necessary, could consult other experts either here or outside the province, ,for input if deemed necessary? This govt is doing it's best not to get re-elected. Keep contracts and employment opportunities within NL. We DO have the expertise.

  • Come on
    February 24, 2014 - 10:59

    How many politicians have a background in what they are doing.?? Minister of Finance is a lawyer. Darin King was a teacher. Doc O'Keefe was a teacher. Randy Simms was a ???? Very few, if any, have a background in the part of govt they run. What bothers me is they went to Vancouver. Nobody in NL can design a pen?? Put up 4 big walls and smaller walls inside. It's a pen, not a 5 star hotel.

  • bill
    February 24, 2014 - 10:27

    We elect people to make to run the city and then they go hire people to tell how to do it am i missing something

    • Bobbi
      February 24, 2014 - 11:54

      yes