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Goose Creek honored by Design-Build Institute

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Goose Creek Correctional Center, just prior to opening.

Goose Creek Correctional Center has been honored with a national award by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). The prestigious award is one of the highest recognitions of achievement in the design-build industry. The award is based on:

  • The integrated cooperative relationships developed between the Department of Corrections, Neeser Construction, Inc. (the design-build contractor), the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska Planning and Architecture, Steve Fishback, Architect, RISE Alaska, and Neeser’s design team.
  • Cooperative cost control efforts
  • Quality, Functionality and Aesthetics of the facility,
  • Long-term energy efficiency,
  • Achievement of the proposed project schedule,
  • Incorporation of innovative systems.

The project and all of its participating entities will be recognized at the DBIA National Design Build Conference and Expo on November 8 in New Orleans.

DOC Leadership Conducts Tour of Goose Creek Correctional Facility for Legislators, Staff

Commissioner Joe Schmidt and his leadership team conducted a tour of Goose Creek Correctional Facility on a sunny and warm Tuesday, Oct. 4. The facility will hold 1,500-plus mostly medium security inmates in ten 128-bed mods. Other beds are set aside for medical, punitive and administrative segregation and a transition unit. Here are some photos from the facility taken during the tour:

Security Training completed at Goose Creek Correctional Center

Goose Creek Correctional Center, in cooperation with contractors and instructors of the Neeser Construction Company, recently completed an intense two-week training course designed to prepare future uniformed and maintenance staff to operate and maintain the institution’s state of the art security electronics systems.

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Staff members engaged in classes related to the institution’s surveillance and computer-aided dispatch and communications systems. Staff completing the classes and the final two-day “Stress Test” included:

  • from Goose Creek: Cory Pianko, Assistant Superintendent, and John Yost, Maintenance Superintendent;
  • from Anvil Mountain CC: Lieutenant Lucy Dittmar of A.M.C.C;
  • from Palmer Correctional Centers and Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm: Sergeant Scott Glover, Sergeant John Conant, and Correctional Officer II Greg Steele, Correctional Officer II Jared Pyle, Correctional Officer II Mark Sehl, Correctional Officer II Thomas Leonard, Correctional Officer II Thomas Leonard and Correctional Officer II Freeman Howes.
  • From Anchorage Correctional Complex: Correctional Officer II Lee Pritchett and Correctional Officer II Michael Lovelace.
  • From Spring Creek Correctional Center: Correctional Officer II Brandon Fischer, Correctional Officer II Justin Harrell.
  • from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center: Correctional Officer II Suzie Pyle.
  • Maintenance Specialist Michael Harbaugh and Maintenance Lead Michael Erb

Mr. Pianko and Mr. Yost sincerely thank the Superintendents of the above listed institutions for allowing their staff to attend this vital training and testing of all facets of Goose Creek’s security electronics and future security operations; without the dedication, professionalism and commitment of the above listed staff this crucial mission could not have been completed.

Glimpse of Goose Creek provided to legislators, staff

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With the 27th Alaska Legislature just a few weeks from beginning its work in Juneau, DOC Commissioner Joe Schmidt and Admin Services Director Leslie Houston hosted a tour of the construction site. Joining the tour were Rep. Lindsey Holmes and staff members for Senators Linda Menard and Charlie Huggins. Since that date the Commissioner and Director have focused on preparations for budget hearings and other committee appearances at the Alaska State Capital.

Commissioners check in on Goose Creek construction progress

The Commissioners of Corrections and Labor-Workforce Development spent a good part of a morning touring the Goose Creek Correctional Center construction site at Point Mackenzie. The tour was an opportunity for Joe Schmidt and ‘Click’ Bishop to receive a full update on construction progress from the main contractors. The commissioners found all main buildings fully enclosed and heated.