Photo Credit: Emil Kara

County of San Diego Youth Transition Campus

Project overview

With a 14-year partnership with the County of San Diego Department of General Services, Vanir was selected to provide construction management services for the two-phased LEED Gold certified, energy-efficient Youth Transition Campus (YTC) that replaced the outdated Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. The YTC serves as a national model, providing trauma-informed services and programs to rehabilitate co-ed youth for community reintegration. With capacity for 168 youth residents and 300 staff, it offers medical, dental and mental health services; a recreational courtyard with basketball and handball courts, garden and an Olympic-sized running track; an indoor gymnasium; a dining facility equipped with a state-of-the-art culinary arts kitchen; an academic complex offering career technical education courses; and a dedicated Youth Development Center for administrative and community-based services provided by the Probation Department.

Through careful and detailed coordination and despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project team met the County’s aggressive schedule for Phase I, and reached substantial completion for both phases in December 2023.

The Vanir team provided us with detailed oversight of the project, allowing us to stay on time and under budget…the close working relationship has been remarkable and together we delivered a class-leading, national model facility!

– Steve Schmidt, MSEE, CFM, Deputy Dir., Capital Construction, County of San Diego


LEED Gold Certified | 2022 ASCE San Diego – Outstanding Urban or Land Development Project | 2022 APWA San Diego – Honor Award, Structures Above $75 Million | 2022 DBIA Western Pacific Region – Project Award | 2024 CMAA San Diego – Special Merit Award, Social and Community Innovation | 2024 APWA San Diego – Honor Award, Structures Above $75 Million | 2024 ASLA San Diego – Public Municipal Honor Award

San Diego, California
County of San Diego, Department of General Services

Design-Build Architect: DLR Group


Design-Build Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction

Square Footage
200,000 SF
Project Cost
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