Magazine article Corrections Forum

2010 AIA Justice Design Awards

Magazine article Corrections Forum

2010 AIA Justice Design Awards

Article excerpt

The following seven entries are the 2010 correctional, detention and mixed-use facilities that were selected by the Academy of Architecture for inclusion in its JFR publication. The first two received a citation for best work and four others received a merit distinction.

According to the AIA, the goal of the Justice Facilities Review jury and the Academy of Architecture for Justice is to provide a meaningful tool to those who are researching, planning, and designing justice facilities. The Justice Facilities Review [www.aia.org/] offers the profession an indicator of proven strategies and the latest trends in the design and construction of justice facilities in the U.S. The jury chooses projects for publication that demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and current architectural responses to complex justice design issues.

These are the chosen entries for this year.

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LAPD Harbor Replacement Station and Jail

Los Angeles, Calif.

Owner

City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering/LAPD

Data:

Type of facility

Detention, Law Enforcement, Multiuse

Type of construction

New

Site Area

4.49 acres

Area of building

178,065 SF

Total cost of construction

$36,768,394

Status of Project

Construction

Credits:

Architect

Perkins+Will

Roth + Sheppard Architects (Associate Architect)

Architects on this project needed to work within tight site constraints because the Harbor Police Station is located on a narrow site between a Los Angeles freeway, a busy surface street and the immense Port of Los Angeles. As such, the AIA jury recognized the challenges of this compressed site and commended the designer's skillful understanding of program, operational adjacencies and site circulation that was necessary to make it work.

The 50,000 SF state-of-the-art police station holds a 60-bed short-term jail facility, parking structure for 283 vehicles and helistop, and a vehicle maintenance facility.

Architects say they chose materials for durability, security and as a contextual response to the surrounding harbor environment. The police station is clad in corrugated steel panels, providing homage to the ubiquitous shipping containers of harbor activity.

Of paramount concern in this project was balancing a community-friendly image with realistic security considerations, note architects. This was accomplished by locating primary public access from the southeast, whereby the public enters through public gardens into a double height glass lobby overlooking the harbor. Secure access is from the north, entering onto a double height "main street" leading through the heart of the station, which also emits light through a glass tile wall and skylight.

Overall, says the jury, the design of the Harbor Station projects a professional image for the LAPD and incorporates finely designed indoor and outdoor public spaces. It will be LEED gold certified.

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Roy McMurtry Youth Centre

Brampton, Ontario

Owner

Ontario Realty Corp.

Data:

Type of facility

Juvenile, Correctional, Detention

Type of construction

New, Renovation

Site Area

98 Acres

Area of building

218,000 SF

Total cost of construction

$92,000,000 (CD)

Status of Project

Completed

Credits:

Architect

Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects Inc. (Prime Consultant)

Quadrangle Architects Limited (Associate Consultant)

The new Youth Centre operates on an inclusive community based treatment model. To this end, the program is supported by an innovative campus plan comprised of multiple buildings ringing a secure interior central plaza park and playing fields. Eight new buildings have been added to the two that were renovated on the 92-acre site, which resembles a college campus more than a juvenile justice center. …

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