Correctional Facility Deconstruction
Another Brick OUT of The Wall: Correctional Facility Deconstruction Creates Jobs Training and Cost
As prison facilities age it is important to consider the most efficient and environmentally responsible
methods in which to demolish those structures. Deconstruction, Reuse, and Recycling have shown to be
the most effective ways to tear down facilities and buildings that have reached their end-of-life cycle.
This workshop will provide an overview of the research behind the value of prison deconstruction and
domicology from Michigan State University. The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) will share
their experience with deconstruction as they finish their third major facility with a 99.5% material
diversion rate. Topics covered will be how to plan for this type of project, what job skills and training
are provided for offenders, and how the materials can be reused or recycled. Attendees will gain a
better understanding of the deconstruction process, material diversion, and how these types of projects
can boost your reentry programs.
George Berghorn, PhD, LEED, AP BD+C, CGP – Michigan State University
Rusty Vanness – Virginia Department of Corrections
Lois Fegan – Virginia Department of Corrections
Lois Fegan is the Sustainability Administrator for the Virginia Department of Corrections. She
has 17 years of correctional experience including research & analysis, case management, prison
operations and environmental services. She has worked at multiple correctional facilities in a
variety of progressively responsible roles. Ms. Fegan has a Bachelor’s Degree from Lebanon
Valley College (PA) and a Master’s Degree from the University of Baltimore, both in Criminal
Justice. She has been a member of the American Correctional Association for over 10 years and
is the Vice-Chair of the Sustainability and Environmentally Responsible Practices Committee.
Ms. Fegan is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 12
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