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 Centers.
The new center includes a 140-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 a green roof, bioretention gardens, pervious pavement, and ecofriendly HVAC and lighting systems.