Construction Cost Estimates for Jail in National, US

The following analysis estimates the cost to build a jail using US National Average costs from 2013 RSMeans cost data. Costs are derived from a building model that assumes basic components, using union labor for a 40000 square foot building.

Scope differences and market conditions can cause costs to vary significantly. To see an estimate of the costs to build a jail in a specific city or metropolitan area, go to our index of jail models by state.

NOTE: This cost estimate uses 2013 RSMeans data. A more accurate estimate using current RSMeans cost data is available on RSMeans Online - our online cost estimating tool.

Jail Construction Cost Assumptions
Location: US National Average
Stories: 3
Story Height (L.F.): 12.00
Floor Area (S.F.): 40000
Basement Included: No
Data Release: Year 2013

Jail Square Foot Cost Assuming Face Brick with Concrete Block Back-up / R/Conc. Frame

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
Total $223.53 $8,941,000
Contractor Fees (GC,Overhead,Profit) 25% $55.88 $2,235,300
Architectural Fees 7% $19.56 $782,300
Total Building Cost $298.96 $11,958,600
Cost Estimate (Open Shop) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
Total $207.94 $8,317,500
Contractor Fees (GC,Overhead,Profit) 25% $51.98 $2,079,400
Architectural Fees 7% $18.19 $727,800
Total Building Cost $278.12 $11,124,700

Jail Square Foot Cost Assuming Face Brick with Concrete Block Back-up / Steel Frame

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Jail Square Foot Cost Assuming Reinforced Concrete / R/Conc. Frame

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Jail Square Foot Cost Assuming Reinforced Concrete / Steel Frame

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Jail Square Foot Cost Assuming Stucco on Concrete Block / R/Conc. Frame

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
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Jail Square Foot Cost Assuming Stucco on Concrete Block / Steel Frame

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
Total Interested in the complete estimate?
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Total Building Cost $---.-- $-,---,---.--
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