Comal County Jail


HDR, in association with LMD Architects in San Antonio, has been selected by the Comal County Commissioners to design the County’s new $76 million jail bond project in New Braunfels, Texas.The new jail consists of 155,000 square feet of space to house 573 inmates, with room for expansion to increase that number to 900 beds, a 16-bed infirmary, a booking area with temporary holding cells, support areas, a detention administration area and visitation spaces for attorneys and families. The project also includes a 68,000 square-foot renovation of the existing jail into office and operational space for the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. 


 HDR, a national justice design expert based in Texas, will lead the functional planning and design and the structural engineering, along with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering (MEP) for the new jail. As a local knowledge expert in detention work, LMD Architects will assist during design and provide local support during construction contract administration (CCA) for the project. 

Civil Engineering services will be performed by HMT. Another local engineering firm, M&S Engineering firm will handle MEP on the Sheriff’s Administration building and will assist with delivery of the structural engineering package for the jail.


About HDR

HDR is a nationally recognized leader in justice design, with a robust justice practice based in Dallas, Texas. Our team of experts has planned and designed justice facilities for 41 years, with over 200,000 beds in detention facilities, using a highly participatory and collaborative design process. We have most recently designed major jail expansions in several Texas counties, including Smith County Jail Expansion in Tyler, Dallas County Medical Modernization project in Dallas, Denton County Jail Expansion in Denton and El Paso County Maximum Security Expansion in El Paso, scheduled to be completed in spring 2017.

Our experience covers the full range of facility types including enforcement, detention, courts and corrections. We marry a deep understanding of operational requirements with award winning design, creating environments that enhance security and promote staff retention and rehabilitation. We believe that design has the power to encourage rehabilitation, help reduce recidivism and change lives. Learn more at or follow us at @HDRArchitecture.

About LMD Architects, PLLC

LMD Architects PLLC (LMD) is one of the leaders in the architectural industry for public and detention/law enforcement/criminal justice design. The firm was formed in 2000 and over the past 16 years has successfully completed, designed, and developed detention/ law enforcement/criminal justice projects ranging from $200,000 to over $60 million. 

LMD has a long-term commitment to the places and people around us. We think about the built-environment in terms of how the next generation will be affected by the decisions we make today.  Learn more at or follow us at @LMDArchitects