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Old 11-23-2009, 01:04 PM
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Federal Prison Project in Berlin, NH.

The FCI facility in Berlin, New Hampshire is scheduled for completion around the Fall of 2010. The $230 million dollar project is the State's second largest Public Works construction project in New Hampshire’s history. Work began at the Berlin site in the Fall of 2007. There will be a three-year construction phase on this project. The 1,280 bed Federal medium security prison is located north of the NH. Notches (Pinkham, Crawford and Franconia) and in view of the NHSP (North Country Facility).
When FCI-Berlin opens next Fall, approximately 340 employees will be hired. From corrections officers, to teachers, accountants, plumbers, drug/alcohol treatment specialists, and a chaplain, doctor and dentist. An approximate 40 percent of the personnel will come from transfers within the B.O.P. agency. The staff reporting schedule for activations focuses primarily on Administrative and Department Head positions first. The job positions may be posted (www.usajobs.gov) as early as Summer of 2010. The other 60 percent or approximately 200 people will be hired from the local Berlin-North Country area.

Current Status
Site work has begun in 2007. The Prison is expected to be completed in Three years time.
Click here for a preliminary schedule or see below.

Preliminary Schedule-Berlin Federal Prison;
September 2007 To December 2007
Sediment and Erosion Control
Project Controls
Clear and Grub
Cuts and Fills (Earthwork)
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Start Foundation work
January 2008 To December 2008
Continue Cuts and Fills (Earthwork)
Site Utilities
Foundations and Slab on Grades
Erect Cells and Pre-cast Walls
Interior Mechanical and Electrical
Close in of Building Structures
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January 2009 To December 2009
Interior Finishes
Site Concrete and Paving
Landscaping
Security Systems
Systems Start Up
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January 2010 To June 2010
Final Inspections
Commissioning
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I had a unique and clear view of the construction clearing for the Federal Prison from the State Prison yard in Berlin. The clearing actually began in the late Summer and early Fall of 2007. I was amazed by the massive amount of land that was being cleared. We could actually smell the Pine and Maple from the trees that were being cut down, even with the wind blowing away from us at the NHSP State Prison, Berlin. The project had definitely begun.
It does not surprise me to hear or read about the initial excitement about this new prison. There is a lot of talk about new jobs being created with both the prison and the private service sector, as well as of course in its construction. With their jobless rate and declining real-estate values, Berlin has been in dire need for an economical boost for quite some time now. Since the closure of their pulp and paper mills in fact. But in my opinion, what a terrible way of going about creating jobs, referred by some as “Human Warehousing”. I wouldn’t be proud to have that kind of “Black Flower” in my community!
“The black flower of civilized society, a prison” ‘Nathaniel Hawthorne’
If any good can come out of this, then it is my hope that the New England Federal Inmates can transfer closer to their families, loved-ones and home.
I will stay on top of this and will update when more news-information is available.
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New England Federal Inmate Family-members and Loved-ones may want to get their people to start requesting transfers now.

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Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Hopefully some of our Federal families are able to get their loved ones closer to home
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:14 PM
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I've been waiting on this prison! Oh I hope D can get there becuz he'll be soooooo much closer to home!!!!
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I've been waiting on this prison! Oh I hope D can get there becuz he'll be soooooo much closer to home!!!!
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Hi dizqueen! Hey I'm watching this closely and will let the forum know as soon as more information is available. Meanwhile, have him put in for a transfer request as soon as possible! That would be great to get him and all area inmates closer to home!
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I have nothing new to report on the FCI-Berlin Prison Project other than to say that completion is still on schedule for the Fall of 2010. Again as a reminder, right now would be a very good time for inmate family-members and loved-ones to fill-out transfer requests for those wishing to come back to New England.
I have also heard of the same talk going around the forums and the streets stating that there will be a Satellite Camp at the FCI Berlin location. Here’s what I know; besides being a medium-security FCI to house approximately 1,280 adult male inmates, there will be a minimum-security satellite prison camp to house approximately 130 adult male inmates, and other facilities to serve the entire correctional facility including; administrative structures for staff training facilities, a prison industry, a central utility plant, firing range, a water storage tank, and warehouses, along w/other related facilities that are now under construction. Also, (but I have not been able to verify this) there is suppose to be a FEMA camp constructed up around lake Francis in the same County. I will try to keep all of those who are interested informed with the latest news events and/or further announcements as soon as they are released and verified. Thank you~
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any news on this prison?
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It is not listed yet on BOP.gov.
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