Churchill County Detention Center, Fallon, Nevada

Churchill County Detention CenterFisher Engineering, Inc. (FEI) was asked by Arrington Watkins Architects to provide code consulting, fire protection and fire alarm design, and construction administration services for a new, $17 million detention center in Fallon, Nevada.

The Churchill County Law Enforcement and Detention Center will replace a 43-year-old jail constructed in 1973, which has an official bed capacity of just 53, which limits the county’s ability to segregate inmates. The new, 39,000-square foot facility has six different housing pods and more than doubles the number of available beds to 120.

This state-of-the-art facility includes medical cells, a booking and intake area, laundry services, and visitation spaces. It will also house a 911/dispatch center, administrative space, and a public entry and reception desk. Inmates’ movement in the facility is restricted; therefore, the building’s occupancy is classified as an I-3, Condition 5 based on the 2012 International Building Code® (IBC). This occupancy type requires an automatic fire sprinkler system, a fire alarm and smoke detection system, and an engineered smoke control system for each smoke compartment that is considered windowless as defined by the IBC.


Churchill County, NV


Arrington Watkins Architects


Fallon, NV

Services Provided

  • Construction documents development, including specification and drawing set of fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems, as well as facility life safety features
  • Fire protection submittal review
  • In-progress installation review
  • Witnessing final commissioning
  • Design coordination for smoke control system


$17 million


39,000 SF

Completion Date