THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - Ground was broken Saturday for the new Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux.
Several public officials, as well as the current jail staff, were on hand to ceremoniously begin construction of the complex, located at the corner of LA Highway 3185 and Veterans Boulevard, directly across from the existing jail.
"Today is truly a historical day for Lafourche Parish," said Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre. "After years of studies, meetings, consultations and planning, we finally arrived to the realization of building a new, efficient, and safe corrections facility for our community."
The new complex will sit on a 42-acre site purchased for the project in 2015. While the jail will not stretch over the entire 42 acres, the property was unable to be subdivided for sale.
GraceHebert Architects and Duplantis Design Group Team is in the process of designing the complex. GraceHebert, based in Baton Rouge, has designed over 200 justice projects over the past 45 years including, most recently, the new prison in Orleans Parish. Duplantis Design Group, headquartered in Thibodaux, has completed hundreds of engineering and architecture projects across South Louisiana. GraceHebert Architects and Duplantis Design Group recently partnered together to complete the new Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center.
Yates Construction is contracted as the Construction Manager at Risk for the project.
The groundbreaking ceremony was not the only event Saturday for Webre and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office.
July 1 is the start of Webre's seventh term in office and his 25th year as Lafourche Parish Sheriff.
Following the groundbreaking, Webre was sworn in for his seventh term during a private ceremony at Thibodaux High School. He then, in turn, issued the oath of office to all deputies and employees, with the exception of those on duty who will be sworn in at a later date.
Following the swearing in ceremony, employees and their families gathered for food and fun at the Thibodaux Firemen's Fairgrounds.