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County of Alameda Juvenile Justice Center

Project overview

The success of the new County of Alameda Juvenile Justice Center — the first in the nation to achieve LEED Gold certification — can be attributed to the true synergy of a dedicated project team led by the joint venture of Vanir/Cornerstone. Situated on 17 acres, this 360-bed, state-of-the-art structure includes a five-courtroom building and facilities for treating medical and dental needs. In addition, public defenders, district attorneys and other officials have on-campus offices within the center.

The outreach program developed for this project was the most extensive participation goal created by the County of Alameda, with a 60% local business contribution. Fourteen small local businesses were involved in the project, with contracts totaling more than $10.7 million.

All through the project, Vanir was there when the County needed resources or people to fill a project need. Their flexibility, resourcefulness and responsiveness were threads which held the project together through more than five years of fluctuating needs and changing conditions. Their support of the project was exemplary and is worthy of recognition.

– Aki K. Nakao, Director, General Services Agency, County of Alameda


LEED Gold Certified | 2008 CMAA Northern California Chapter – Project of the Year, Building Category, Projects over $20M | 2007 National DBIA – Excellence Award for Public Sector Buildings

San Leandro, California
County of Alameda

Design-Build Architect: HOK

Associate Architect: Beverly Prior Architects


Design-Build Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Company

Square Footage
379,000 SF
Construction Cost
$142 Million
Start Date
Completion Date