The Philadelphia Youth Center is a 150,000 SF Juvenile Justice Services Center which will provide a range of services for teens and young adults from ages 13 through 20. Its main function is to provide a short-term residential detention facility with social and educational programs and help guide those accused or found guilty of crimes away from further illegal conduct. Located at 91 N. 48th Street in West Philadelphia, the project was carefully composed on a busy urban intersection to create a serene internal campus environment including interior courtyards for outdoor recreation and intimate meditation gardens.
The building is divided into living, learning, dining, recreation, counseling, judicial and administrative areas, including a 10,000 SF state of the art medical and dental suite.
The completed project replaces a deteriorating and overcrowded facility for the City of Philadelphia. The primary goals are safety, youth enrichment, and development for the adjacent neighborhood. The design team employed the practice of integrated design and sustainability from conception.
The facility has 10 classrooms, a gymnasium, a health clinic, outdoor recreation spaces and a garden for residents. It is the largest project constructed by the city to meet LEED standards and it will serve as a pilot site for a city-wide effort to employ more women and minority contractors in public projects.
This project was awarded a LEED Silver certification by the USGBC.