Attica, NY – The Attica Correctional Facility in Wyoming, County is a maximum security prison. The Attica Correctional Facility was the most expensive penal facility ever built after its construction in 1931. It is well known for the 1971 Attica Prison riot, during which inmates seized control of the facility. The prisoners took 42 staff members hostage to demand political rights and better living conditions. After four days of negotiations, an altercation took place that resulted in the deaths of 33 inmates and 10 hostages. Currently, the prison holds 2,000 inmates for the state of New York.
Even concrete at maximum security prisons require maintenance over time. The perimeter of the facility is enclosed by a 30-foot-tall concrete wall with a thickness of two feet. Lupini Construction, based out of Utica, New York, refurbished the exterior wall using several Sika products. The company specializes in masonry restoration, caulking and waterproofing, and shotcrete concrete repairs. Lupini sprayed Sikacem 103F repair mortar along the length of the wall as required. The wall was then coated with a protective layer of Sikagard-550 W to resist against weathering and ageing. Lupini also used Sikaflex-2c NS throughout the joints in the wall as needed. Part of the wall’s refurbishment included restoring the dozen guard towers that incrementally line the wall. The project was ultimately successful and the exterior wall is now structurally sound.
The conditions of the prison have improved since the riot occurred in 1971, though I cannot attest to what degree. The Attica Correctional Facility offers vocational training for inmates for various professions, including plumbing, engine repair, and general business. They also offer counseling and rehabilitative programs for veterans and substance abusers. While many Americans may disagree over the state of the United States prison system, I think we can all agree that facilities should remain structurally sufficient.