Meeting/Event Information


September 15, 2015

Invitation from Chair and Vice Chair to Visit PA State Medium /Maximum Correctional Institution - Phoenix East/West
September 15, 2015
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
State Correctional Institution Phoenix-East and West
4520 W Skippack Pike
Schwenksville, PA 19473
Registration is now open to join us at State Correctional Institution Phoenix exactly 1.0 mile north of Skippack Pennsylvania, Montgomery County for an unprecedented prison tour of a new state-of-the-art unoccupied justice facility with outstanding educa

$25.00 Member ticket to event

$30.00 Event guest ticket

$0.00 Educational tickets sponsored by chapter

$0.00 Educational guest chaperone ticket

$120.00 Four student educational sponsor

$100.00 Tour sponsor

$100.00 Afterglow party drink sponsor

$100.00 Afterglow party pizza and appetizer sponsor

$250.00 Educational handout sponsor

$75.00 Pre-Tour small bite/drink sponsor

$50.00 Security and safety sponsor


  Go Directly to Jail - Get out Free

Monopoly Not Included


Sample views of modern prisons (not Phoenix) courtesy Professional Systems Engineering, LLC

Registration is now open to join us at


State Correctional Institution - Phoenix

1.0 mile North of Skippack Pennsylvania, Montgomery County for an unprecedented prison tour of a new state-of-the-art unoccupied justice facility. 

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ASIS International has been invited for a special tour of the currently about-to-be-opened State Correctional Institution - Phoenix East and West. This is a facility that has been in construction for over three years and in design well over five years. It reflects over 4,000 inmate beds with two sister facilities on 125 acres of land, includes approximately 2 miles of circumferential fence, enough razor wire to cover 25 miles, and physical security and electronic security estimated at $60 million.

This extraordinary invitation from the General Contractor Walsh Construction, in a joint venture with Heery International the Architect, will allow a personal and provocative tour with a special educational handout and introduction in historical perspective of jails dating from The Tower of London built in 1100, to Philadelphia's Walnut Street Jail, Eastern State Penitentiary,  and the soon to be mothballed Graterford Prison built in 1929 and still occupied.


You'll have an opportunity to visit cells that are made of high pressure formed concrete with an epoxy finish that has a material strength of over 48,000 pounds per square inch. Not even a drug cartel kingpin can get out of this cell! See what you think?

You'll see two expansive camera systems for a thousand cameras to keep volunteers, staff, inmates  and the community safer. Maximum security control systems that monitor attack resistant locks. And security doors that weight up to one-half ton. Experience the day in the life of a correctional officer or inmate.

             You'll see what prisons are really like - not like on TV or what is made out to be reality TV. The real deal. Before occupancy and in a setting where your most inquiring questions can be addressed on a personal level - safely. ASIS Certified members are eligible for two continuing education units.


We have extended special invitations with local high schools, colleges and private providers for up to 16 complimentary student registrations and two chaperons. We are asking for sponsorship funding for free educational registration as both Student Sponsors and Chaperon Sponsors. Consider funding the small amount requested to help educate our young community on such important matters? Find the links within your registration to help out.


Support this event by becoming an Afterglow Party Drink Sponsor, an Afterglow Party Pizza Sponsor, Educational Handout Sponsor, Pre-Tour SmallBite/ Drink Sponsor, or Security and Safety Sponsor.Find the links within your registration to support our 55+ years of service in the Greater Philadelphia Area.


With Kurt Bittner as Chairperson and Jerry ‘Dutch’ Forstater PE, PSP as Vice Chairperson - both having contributed to its design - the opportunity to present this one-of-a-kind tour are both unusual in its offering and interesting in its development.

Jerry ‘Dutch’ Forstater’s firm, Professional Systems Engineering,LLC created the master plan and program documents for all security, perimeter fencing, physical recommendations regarding maximum security locking and impact requirements, to specifications of the thousands of cameras, digital video recording systems, and highly sophisticated fiber networks – while Kurt Bittner’s Panasonic video system was selected as the preferred manufacture/provider of digital video Systems throughout the facility. Clearly a reflection of the power of ASIS International Greater Philadelphia Chapter reach in the area.


Join us afterword for light beverages, brews, pizza and fellowship provided by the Chapter at Hotel Fiesole at 4046 Skippack Pike, in Skippack till 9PM.


SCI Phoenix designated entrance is at an unmarked road exactly 1.0 miles west on Route 73 -- from the corner of Route 113 and Pennsylvania Route 73. Route 73 is commonly called Skippack Pike while Route 113 is commonly called Harleysville Pike.


From Pennsylvania Turnpike- Philadelphia and Routes South or Allentown and Routes North: Take Turnpike, Route 476, to exit 31 at Lansdale. Take Route 63, Sumneytown Pike, West to 1000' to the first light and make a left onto Old Fourty Foot Rd. Continue 1.5 miles to route 73, Skippack Pike and make a right. Once you pass the intersection of Route 113 and 73 continue exactly 1.0 miles to the first light at an unmarked new intersection. You have arrived.

From Route 63 (Welsh Road and/or Main St.) or Route 73: Take Route 63 (Welsh Road) through Lansdale (becomes Main St.) to Old Fourty Foot Road left to Sumneytown Pike West. Go the first light after the Turnpike entrance and make a left continuing onto Old Fourty Foot Rd. Continue to route 73 and make a right onto Skippack Pike. Route 73 is called old Skipback Pike, and runs through Bluebell, Center, and Skippack. Once you pass the intersection of Route 113 and 73 continue exactly 1.0 miles to the first light at an unmarked new intersection. You have arrived.

View of Left Turn into Phoenix at Unmarked Intersection (Piggery Road) Travelling West At Entrance Opposite John Blacks Livestock Farm ( also known as 4533 Route 73, Skippack, PA 19474) with giant 10 story water tower on left marked "North Penn Water"

Please bring walking shoes as there will be no transportation within the facility. You may bring a light chair to sit if necessary as there will be standing. And no seating whatsoever, anywhere.

The facility is handicapped accessible. Please let us know if there are any special accommodations necessary or requested ahead of time.


We will leave the facility no later than 730 PM and have the opportunity to join us afterword for a light beverages,brews and pizza provided by the Chapter at Hotel Fiesole at 4046 Skippack Pike, in Skippack till 9PM.

Vice – Chairperson ASIS Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Jerry 'Dutch' Forstater, PE, PSP