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Facilities Division

Cody Ginsel, Director, Facilities Division
Cody Ginsel

To plan, construct, and maintain functional facilities in accordance with agency goals and legislative requirements.


Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Facilities Division
PO Box 4011
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 400
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-7200
Fax: (936) 437-7205


Facilities Division staff will exercise the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, and will provide our customers with innovative, top quality and environmentally sustainable products and services in a cost-effective and timely manner.

What We Do

Division Overview

The Facilities Division provides a full range of facility management services to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) including facility planning, design, construction, maintenance, and environmental quality assurance and compliance. The Facilities Division Headquarters is located in Huntsville but has maintenance employees working at state owned and operated facilities throughout the state. Those employees provide long range and day-to-day maintenance as required to keep the facilities in proper working condition and support each component of each facility, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Engineering Department

The Engineering Department provides professional architectural and engineering services to support TDCJ. The department provides overall project design and construction management for all delivery methods including contract design and construction and internal design and construction activities. The engineers and architects also act as consultants to the Maintenance Department and any other office requiring technical assistance. Oversight is provided for all activities affecting engineering and environmental interests to ensure compliance with all state and federal rules and regulations.

Maintenance Department

The Maintenance Department maintains all TDCJ owned and operated facilities. A unit maintenance office is located on each correctional facility. Each office has a technical staff, which varies according to the mission and facility offender population. There are six (6) region maintenance offices supporting the unit maintenance offices. These regional offices have specialty crews performing construction projects, repairs and renovations. The asbestos team provides asbestos abatement services to the TDCJ. The headquarters staff is responsible for overseeing the entire facility maintenance and repair process for TDCJ.

Program Administration Department

The Program Administration Department supports the division in all financial and administrative support phases of the Agency’s construction and maintenance programs to include planning and programming for agency repair and rehabilitation projects, determining the required scope of work and necessary materials to prepare project cost estimates.Processing, coordinating and tracking the progress of existing and future projects. Additionally, the Utility Billing section is responsible for energy conservation initiatives and reporting.Reviewing and auditing the accuracy of billing statements for electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste. Upon completion, all billing statements are processed and submitted for payment.

Project Administration Department

The Project Administration Department provides support during both the design and construction phases of project management, including quality assurance performed by internal or contracted parties. This department assists project engineers during design reviews, administers project schedules and monitors construction performance as related to established schedules. Project Administration also administers environmental compliance, which includes preparation of numerous technical and complex reports for all TDCJ facilities and oversight of special investigations, audits and research.

Doing Business With Us

The customer departments identify and define a statement of need by submitting a Major Work Request, (MWR), to the Facilities Division. An initial review is conducted by Maintenance, Engineering, Program Administration, Project Administration and the Facilities Division Director to determine whether to proceed with the major work request or defer to prioritization.

Projects not requiring a design solution are accomplished by the maintenance department, or by a contractor with maintenance oversight. Projects requiring a design solution are accomplished either by in-house design staff or contracts with an Architect and Engineering firm, with in-house design oversight. In all cases, projects are overseen by engineering, project administration and/or maintenance from the time the statement of need is identified through the construction phase.

For all contractors or architect and engineering firms that would like additional information please refer to the Contracts & Procurement webpage.