Lafourche Parish’s newly opened jail was recently honored with a regional project achievement award by the Construction Management Association of America.

Sheriff Craig Webre accepted the award Aug. 21 in New Orleans at the annual Regional Infrastructure Conference for the association’s Gulf Coast Chapter, officials said. The Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex was recognized as the “top project in the region among all government construction under $50 million.”

The project will now compete for the award at the national level. That winner will be announced in September.

The U.S. Green Building Council also certified the jail as a “LEED Gold project,” officials said. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. To obtain LEED certification, a construction project must meet at least 40 environmental-friendly guidelines. The jail meets 62 such benchmarks, officials said.

Webre said the jail is not just a facility to house inmates but is a place for rehabilitation in an effort to reduce recidivism.

“We constructed this facility to meet the needs of the criminal justice system in Lafourche Parish today and into the future,” Webre said. “The LEED Gold certification shows we were also forward-thinking with regard to the long-term impact this facility would have on our local environment. We also certainly appreciate the Construction Management Association of America’s recognition of this incredible facility.”