The City of Tumwater recently approved a conditional-use permit for the work at Accountability and Restitution Center. Construction is expected to start this month.
Registered bidders took an hourlong tour of the facility Wednesday, said project manager Robyn Sederberg.
Bidding is expected to open Aug. 27, and the winning bid will be announced the next day. So far there are five registered general contractors in the running.
The conditional-use permit allows for the construction of a work-release unit, the addition of 40 beds to the already-built jail and a flex unit, which can be used several ways.
The work-release unit and the extra beds will be built this summer and fall at an estimated cost of $1.45 million to $1.6 million.
The 7,700-square-foot work-release unit will include 78 beds for men and 18 for women. The unit will be in an existing building on the grounds.
“We will build the work-release unit and the extra beds, then move our corrections operations up there,” Sederberg said. “We will build that flex unit when we find the capital and have the operating costs established.”
The 21,000-square-foot flex unit will not be built until funding can be raised. Its plan includes 116 beds for women, mentally ill offenders and incoming inmates going through assessment.
“To see that the ARC is actually inhabited will be quite an accomplishment,” Sederberg said.