HOK designed this facility to support King County’s long-term goal of reducing the number of juveniles within its justice system. The efficient, safe and flexible building will replace the county’s aging 212-bed Youth Services Center.
The new center includes a 112-bed juvenile hall, 10 juvenile-family courtrooms and a 360-car garage. Clear connections within the building link juveniles and their guardians to on-site youth and family services. Flexibility within the design allows bed spaces to be converted in the future to non-detention program areas.
Window-lined public spaces fill the building with natural light while bright, whimsical wall graphics add to its calming interior. Outside, the building’s landscaped grounds and a pedestrian pathway connecting two previously isolated neighborhoods enhance local mobility and provide community space.
With a goal for LEED Gold certification, the sustainable design strategies for the building include green roofs, bioretention gardens, pervious pavement, and ecofriendly HVAC and lighting systems.
HOK partnered with construction firm Howard S. Wright, construction management firm OAC Services and Integrus Architecture on this design-build project.