George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center

The George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center was constructed in 2005 for the Office of State Engineer, Division of Criminal Investigation, Attorney General, and State Radio. It has 320 rooms spread out over 153,000 square feet.

This project consisted of a three story dormitory, forensics laboratory, support kitchen and commons, 20 lane combat training center, Attorney General and Division of Criminal Investigation offices, state radio control center, and the State of South Dakota Emergency Command Center.

This project brought the needs and budgets of three State of South Dakota criminal justice agencies together in one facility.  Collaboration was a key ingredient to the success of this project.  Another key to the success of this facility was to provide an architecturally pleasing yet functionally sound building as well as being technologically advanced.  Foundation and structural systems were designed and constructed to withstand the expansive soil conditions of Pierre, South Dakota.

The construction manager at risk delivery system was selected for this project.  This delivery system allowed for the successful completion of an expedited and phased project schedule.  Shaving six months off the normal duration of a project this size the CMr delivery system also gained the owner access to their construction professional early in the design process.

The Journey Construction Team brought collaboration, technical expertise, scheduling, project coordination, and most of all a construction professional and team member that was counted on throughout the entire design and construction process.  When asked if the construction sequencing could be rearranged to allow opening of the lab first and one month earlier than planned, Journey Construction was up to the challenge.  The Journey Construction team brought a can do it attitude and a collaborative mind-set that led this project to a successful completion.



  • Division of Criminal Investigation


  • Pierre, SD


  • 14 months


  • Government and PublicOffice and Commercial


  • Journey Construction


  • Construction Manager at Risk