Harford County Adult Detention Center

Bel Air, MD

Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates provided design services for the 76,000 SF Addition to the existing Detention Center with 288 medium and maximum security beds to resolve the current overcrowding situation.

The new four story addition provides for the following program areas:

  1. Medical Suite including medical and dental exam room and 14 medical cells
  2. Classification Offices
  3. Four 24 Cell medium security housing units.
  4. Eight 6 Cell maximum security units.

The new one story addition provides for the following program areas:

  1. IFC and Booking
  2. Visitation
  3. Storage
  4. Expanded Administration
  5. Laundry Facilities
  6. District Court Commissioner’s Hearing Rooms

The existing prison faced many site constraints having state highways on two sides and a stream and wetlands on the other sides. The constraints forced a vertical design solution to accommodate Harford County’s program. Our solution met their needs without encroachment on any of the site limitations.

The work occurred while the facility was fully occupied. CRA worked closely with Harford County to develop a multi-tiered phasing plan that avoided disruption to their day to day activities and did not compromise security or public access

Project Specifications



Square Footage 
76,000 – Addition
14,000 – Renovation
90,000 – Total

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