A major facelift to rebuild much of the state’s oldest and largest prison is well under way.

Crews have been busy for the last several months demolishing existing buildings at the Lansing Correctional Facility, preparing the site for the construction of a new 1,920-bed medium security facility that will be split between maximum and medium security inmates. The minimum security facility will also be torn down and rebuilt to house approximately 500 inmates.

The existing administration building, the original maximum security unit and the main tower will not be torn down.

Officials say that the new buildings feature a modern layout and design that will allow more efficient movement and control of inmates.

Samir Arif, director of public affairs for the Kansas Department of Corrections, said the total price tag for the project will be $294 million.

“We are excited that construction is under way and is moving along rapidly,” said Sam Cline in an email provided by the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Cline is the warden at the Lansing Correctional Facility.

“It will provide better security and better working conditions for staff,” he said. “This project was long overdue, and we’re just so thankful to Gov. Colyer and members of the Legislature for getting this project done.”

Officials say that construction will take between 18 and 24 months to complete.

In January, CoreCivic, a private prison provider, was awarded a 20-year lease agreement with the Kansas Department of Corrections for a new 2,432-bed correctional facility in Lansing.

CoreCivic will be responsible for facility maintenance throughout the term of the lease.

The new facility will be leased to the state for a 20-year term. At the end of the term, the state of Kansas will own the facility.

A groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony was held April 19 at LCF. Gov. Jeff Colyer attended the event and said the new construction is “long past due.”