Santa Cruz Criminal Justice Complex

  • Client

    • Santa Cruz County
  • Project Type

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2010
  • Area

    • 157,357 ft²
  • Cost

    • $53,555,680

Design Achievement - The logistical challenges of having departments scattered across the border town of Nogales, Arizona reduced the performance of public safety services provided by first responders in Santa Cruz County, including slow response times to the community as well as inefficiencies in operations and communication between departments. DLR Group's design of this new facility fulfills the County's desire to optimize operations by eliminating the isolated and aging buildings located in the flood plain of the city. This facility literally and figuratively elevates the image and stature of the Santa Cruz County justice system through excellence in design, architectural identity, and functionality. The new Justice Complex now presents a unified front for the community to easily access public safety and justice services in one central location.

Scope Summary - This multi-functional project combines a new sheriff's office, courthouse, adult and juvenile detention into a single 166,000 SF facility. The new sheriff's office and jail facility more than triples the space and beds available for the County, as well as potentially opening beds to be leased to other agencies including the U.S. Marshall's office. Adult detention now accommodates 348 inmates and juvenile detention houses 32 individuals. Five new courtrooms are located on the upper level of the justice building with public counters, administrative offices for the clerk of the court and parole officers located on the first floor. Sustainable design strategies make for an efficient operation and included day lighting techniques and high efficiency mechanical systems. DLR Group provided planning and architecture services.

Santa Cruz Criminal Justice Complex

Santa Cruz County