Bridgeport Superior Court for Juvenile Matters & Detention Center


The new home for the juvenile courts and detention facility in this waterfront city is not only a much needed replacement facility to provide services for youth at risk, but also a key element in the revitalization of this struggling city’s historic waterfront.

The project is composed of two separate buildings, a courthouse and a detention facility, linked by a vehicular sally port. The site is organized to make the courthouse the prominent public face and the detention a more private background element.

Constructed by the design-build delivery method, the 92,000-square-foot complex provides three courtrooms in the courthouse and 44 sleeping rooms in the detention facility. Our firm led the design effort from concept and programming stage through design development, with JCJ Architecture responsible for management and production as the architect of record.

The many sustainable strategies employed in the design – such as extensive daylighting, materials choices, systems configuration and urban location – qualifies the building for LEED Certification.



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