Those visiting the new Kane County Public Safety Facility construction site are going to be surprised by the quick ‘podgress.’ The 180 bed facility, located near the Kaneplex rodeo grounds south of Kanab, is going up in short order, thanks largely due to the use of pre-constructed jail cell pods.

The concrete cell pods arranged in a circular configuration around a central commons area, are currently stacked two high. Each pod contains two bunk beds, desk, toilet and sink.

“We are on track to complete the project in October of 2011 and are gearing up to move in on November 1,” commented Kane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tracy Glover. “Layton Construction is doing a great job in managing the project. They are finishing up with the footings in the administrative part of the building (the square part) and soon, it will start going up at the same time as the jail housing unit (the round part).”

Glover reports the Kane County Sheriff’s Office has been interacting with the Utah Department of Corrections so they are up to speed and ready to accept UDC inmates as soon as they open their doors.

The Sheriff’s Office has also been working with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is committed to finish a non-denominational chapel inside the jail. They are also working with the Kane County School District on a classroom for adult education.