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.

New Toronto Courthouse Aims for LEED Silver

Planning, design and compliance (PDC) work will soon be underway for the new Toronto courthouse in Canada.

Broward County Courthouse to Open in 2015

A large-scale construction project is underway to create an efficient, flexible design with an ageless aesthetic appeal for longevity for the new Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. When completed in fall 2015, the new $213 million courthouse will boast 20 stories and more than 70 courtrooms in the 714,000-square-foot facility.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

By Stephen A. Carter, President and Founder, CGL
Well, we did end 2012 proving the Mayans were not infallible forecasters and that the most ineffective Congress on record could be prodded into action by a threat of two straight days of showing up. We also took timid, but hugely significant steps towards becoming more “European” in our national incarceration rate as we achieved the lowest in three decades.

Prior Makes Sense of Sustainable Design in Corrections

By Torrey Sims
Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP, is currently the civic and justice practice leader of San Francisco-based HMC+Beverly Prior Architects, which is a leading figure in the national architectural and justice community.

Sustainable Facility Focuses on Improving Futures for Offenders

By Torrey Sims
Johnson County Youth and Family Services Center in Olathe has recently been awarded LEED Platinum certification. After review of LEED awards to date, the facility seems to be the first juvenile detention center in the nation and possibly even the world to be certified LEED Platinum, according to Treanor Architects P.A., project architects for the facility.

Canadian Officials Address Inmate Population Growth

Inmate populations are increasing in Canada — hitting an all-time average high of 1,429 for the 2008-2009 year, an increase of 69 percent over the average remand count five years ago.

DLR Group Holds Justice Forum

By Lisa Kopochinski
Twice annually, DLR Group — a national architectural, engineering and planning firm that works in a variety of sectors including hospitality, retail, mixed use, education, sports, health care, civic and detention — holds forums with its regional sector leaders for business planning and the exchanging of ideas.

New $93 Million Justice Center Breaks Ground, Designed for LEED Silver

The new South County Justice Center for the Superior Court of Tulare County broke ground in mid-February, celebrating the culmination of more than five years of planning and design.

AIA Committee Names Top 10 Projects

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment released its annual top 10 list for sustainable architecture and green design.