Case Studies
John E. Polk Correctional Facility with Skanska USA Sanford, FL


Summary: You may say Piranha had something to prove. And, prove something they did. When Skanska USA first began renovating and expanding the jail in Seminole County, they were simply looking for a contractor to wire their job-site security trailers. By the end of the two-year project, Piranha’s consistent quality, responsiveness and pricing had secured them the bulk of the project’s technology infrastructure work.

Project Challenges: Existing equipment that was outdated, and working at an operating facility

Takeaway: Whether you win a job in its entirety out of the gate, or you have to earn each piece you get, quality and responsiveness make a difference.

Details: “Start from the ground, up.” “The building blocks of success.” “Begin small, finish big.” “Brick by brick.” “You’ve gotta start somewhere.” Yes, all of these idioms are analogous for construction, or growth. But, they’re  also synonymous with Piranha Technologies. When Skanska USA first began renovating and expanding the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida, they were simply looking for a contractor to wire their job-site security trailers. By the end of the project, Piranha had become their go-to technology infrastructure partner.

In late 2007, Piranha responded to a bid request for voice and data cabling, as well as security cameras, in Skanska’s construction trailers on its newest job. Skanska had partnered with Wharton-Smith as general contractors for renovations and expansion to the correctional facility in Seminole County. They would be adding a building and adding three stories to the existing building. The $33 million project would result in an additional 444 beds and a more efficient, up-to-date facility.

Piranha stood out through Skanska’s rigorous pre-qualification process and was awarded the first job based on a number of factors, including price, history, and low EMR ratings. It became Piranha’s first time working with Skanska, one of the world’s leading construction groups. This small job led to a more extensive security package for the job site. Then, Piranha was able to win the Structured Cabling bid for the entire project. And finally, they were asked to complete some additional security upgrades for the jail.

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