Q&A: Trends in Green Design

By Lindsey Coulter
Today’s commercial market offers a wide variety of green and sustainable products with the demonstrated ability to help facilities of all types save money, energy and maintenance. These environmentally friendly systems, materials and initiatives have long since become a staple in correctional and justice projects, from new construction to renovation and expansion. While many justice and correctional facilities have embraced a variety of green technologies, some once heralded as significant energy- and resource-saving breakthroughs are already falling to the wayside.

Tarrant County Selects Juvenile Center Design Team

The Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court recently named Omaha, Neb.-based HDR — together with locally based LBL Architects — to plan and design a major expansion and alterations to the county’s Scott D. Moore Juvenile Center in Fort Worth.

Comal County Selects Architect for Jail Expansion, Renovation

Comal County, Texas, will soon begin construction on a new $76 million county jail.

Q&A: Engineering a Top Jail Health Care Facility

By Lindsey Coulter
In recent years, the line between correctional facilities and mental health facilities has blurred. Jails and prisons are now some of the largest de facto mental health providers in the country, and many county jails in dense metro areas are seeing more inmates in need of mental health services. However, as inmate populations age, providing both basic and more advanced medical care is also becoming a major concern.

Multnomah County Seeks Input on New Courthouse

Multnomah County officials are working to ensure the community’s new courthouse, located in Portland, will be a safe and modern facility, as well as a reflection of employee and user needs.

Denton County Jail Expansion in Progress

The first phase of the $26.7 million expansion and renovation of the Denton County Jail is well underway and should be completed in September. Satterfield & Pontikes Construction (S&P) is serving as the general contractor, while HDR is serving as the architect. Both have offices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Sustainable Justice Workshop: Turning Green Guide to Justice Principles into Practice

By Julia Hughes and Larry Hartman
The interactive Sustainable Justice (SJ) workshop at the upcoming Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) 2012 Fall Conference in Toronto will be held

Round-Up: American Epicenters of Corrections

By Candice Dyer
They spring up, sometimes in surprising places, as a practical, needs-based response to an age-old problem.