NYC Juvenile Justice Redevelopment Program

Bronx and Brooklyn, New York

The master plan envisions renovations of the two existing centers under the condition of continuous ongoing operations, with occupancy scheduled for October 2018, a repurposed facility to serve as a common intake center, and expansions to accommodate the future capacity and operational requirements of the program. Urbahn has been involved in the program from the outset, assessing existing conditions, developing the detailed programs, and developing the overall implementation plans. With the master plan now complete, Urbahn is advancing the design to enable construction of additions and improvements at the two juvenile centers.

The client and consultant team all share a common philosophy that the redeveloped sites and new facilities must align with the progressive mission of the city in its treatment of youths in the juvenile justice system, while also responding to tremendous schedule pressure and budget parameters. Our approach was to employ a high level of stakeholder engagement for data gathering, brainstorming, and decision-making, supported by intensive data analyses, planning scenario development, and evaluation of options.

The renovations and additions are rich in programs to address a full spectrum of needs: psychiatric, educational, therapeutic, spiritual, medical, social and recreational. To catalyze reentry into the greater community, the facilities will incorporate normative, homelike environments, rather than a stigmatizing institutional quality. The buildings’ exterior design concepts emphasize community connectedness, utilizing warm materials, large expanses of glass, and green elements.