Alameda Juvenile Justice Center

Situated on a 17-acre site, this 360-bed, state-of-the-art facility includes a five courtroom building, medical and dental facilities, as well as convenient on-campus offices for public defenders, district attorneys and other officials.

Sustainable Design, LEED Gold Certification

The center achieved LEED Gold Certification, making it the first juvenile detention center in the nation with this status. Several major systems contributed to the sustainable design and certification:

  • An 850-kilowatt solar system supplying more than 60 percent of the building’s energy needs
  • Water-efficient plumbing fixtures and native landscaping and irrigation technology were implemented, saving an estimated seven million gallons of water annually
  • During construction, waste was recycled and diverted from landfill disposal, including 3,000 tons of crushed rock and 600 tons of glass, aluminum and plastics
  • Materials used inside the center (paint, carpet, wood, etc.) are free of pollutants or have low VOC emissions

An Award Winning Project

  • CMAA Northern California Chapter 2008 Project of the Year award in the Building Category for projects over $20 million
  • 2008 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) Award 2008 Project of the Year in the Building Category for projects over $250 million
  • 2008 American Institute of Architects Justice Facility Review
  • 2008 Construction Management Association of America, Northern California Chapter, Project of the Year for Building over $20 million
  • 2008 CEMEX U.S. Building Award: Sustainability and Institutional Awards
  • 2007 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification
  • 2007 California Construction Award of Merit: Green Building
  • 2007 CSAC Host County Exemplary Program Award; Advancing Social Equity with Enlightened Construction Contracting
  • 2007 National Design-Build Institute of America Excellence Award for Public Sector Buildings over $15 million dollars


San Leandro, CA


Alameda County

Design Team

Design-Build Team
  • Architect: HOK Architects
  • Contractor: Hensel Phelps

Construction Cost

$142 million


April 2007


379,000 SF