HDR Selected for Denton County Charlie Cole Juvenile Addition and Expansion

 Denton County has selected HDR to design the latest addition to the Charlie Cole Juvenile campus in Denton Texas. The juvenile building upgrade encompasses a 28,000 SF phased addition and expansion to include new courts and a vehicular sally port, and the renovation of the existing intake area and juvenile detention administrative support areas.

Denton County is a leader in responding to a state initiative to innovate juvenile corrections and is moving to community-based juvenile systems. The Charlie Cole Center upgrade represents an important step in achieving the County’s goal. Transforming the building into a user- and public-friendly facility at this pivotal first stop in the juvenile justice process can substantially impact future outcomes for at-risk youth.

An industry expert in designing justice facilities, we’ve been selected to provide all architecture and engineering services, including design, civil and site engineering, bidding, and construction oversight, along with FF&E services (furniture, fixture and equipment) for the facility upgrade.        

The approved program concept includes an addition to an existing vacant site to provide a new location for the courts and renovating existing space to expand the intake and staging area for juveniles, with a new dedicated sally port. Working through a complex design solution, the designers will relocate the undersized and outdated courts that are now embedded within the facility and reestablish an expanded courts area designed to modern standards. The new courts will provide better circulation, with separate public and secure access, to help ensure public safety and the secure transport of juvenile offenders.

A long-standing advisor to the County, we worked on the initial capital improvement studies for the campus and on the conceptual design 15 years ago—the first project we completed for Denton County–also on the juvenile campus. Over the past 40 years the Charlie Cole campus has continued to grow and expand. This growth has resulted in a tight, challenging site in which the design team will locate all components of the addition in an efficient, functional manner. In addition the building must remain operational during construction. The building addition will be completed during Phase 1 of the project, and the renovation will occur in Phase 2. Design for the phased project is expected to begin in spring 2017 with anticipated construction in 2019.