Fan test needed at jail addition

Published 12:56 am Thursday, May 12, 2016

The addition to the Covington County Jail, which has been in the works for more than two years, still hasn’t passed a final inspection.

County maintenance supervisor Kevin Kennedy said the architects won’t sign off on the project until an exhaust fan that is connected to the fire alarm system has been tested.

“That fan has to come on to pull the smoke out in the case of a fire,” Kennedy said. “They have to have that inspected; that’s the main thing.”

There also a few minor cosmetic details that commissioners want fixed, he said.

he original plans for the addition, drawn by PH&J Architects of Montgomery, were for a 42-bed, two-cell block facility that includes a nurse’s station, washroom and storage area. Each cell block has two showers, two sinks, and two toilets. Plans were later modified for only 38 bunks. The facility was planned to provide additional space to house female inmates.

The construction bid was awarded in April of 2014.