Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre – London, Ontario

Budget: $3,200,000 (Construction), $2,500,000 (Security)

Project Description: Renovations to the front lobby and control rooms and major security upgrades for the existing 450 bed maximum security correctional facility. The upgrades included a new touchscreen controlled integrated security system based on the new MCSCS Security Standards to replace the existing hardwired pushbutton panel. A new HMI was incorporated to enhance operator monitoring and control efficiency and minimize response time to security related incidents. A new PLC system with built-in redundancies was incorporated to control and monitor doors and alarm points. The video surveillance system was upgraded to a new IP based system. Additional IP cameras were added throughout the facility to achieve 100% coverage for a total of 350+ IP cameras on the new system. A new detention grade intercom system and inmate visitation system was incorporated. All security systems were integrated on the touchscreen control system.

The Central Control Room and Front Control Room were renovated to ensure monitoring and control functionality was as per ergonomic guidelines.

The security systems were upgraded while the facility was fully operational. A well thought-out phasing plan was incorporated to ensure the downtime was minimal during the transition period from the existing systems to the new systems.

Role/Responsibility:

Lobo was the lead security consultants/prime consultant responsible to design the Integrated Security System. Lobo produced the construction documents, including drawings and specifications. Lobo also performed contract admin services, including construction review and commissioning and testing.

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