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Architecture: Justice

Our portfolio in justice architecture spans several decades and includes award-winning courthouses, correctional facilities, police stations, and public safety complexes. We work closely with clients to create civic structures that reflect community values and priorities, while minimizing environmental impact, maintenance, and long-term facility costs. Our deep expertise in this specialized practice area enables us to offer proven planning and design strategies to enhance justice facility operations, security, and sustainability.

Courts

Courthouses reflect the promise of our judicial system, and should inspire confidence, convey dignity and stability, and signal openness and accessibility. Court facilities must meet security requirements for judges, staff, and detainees while also serving the general public safely and efficiently on a daily basis.

Responsive Solutions to Today's Complex Courthouse Design Challenges

Courthouses reflect the promise of our judicial system, and should inspire confidence, convey dignity and stability, and signal openness and accessibility. Court facilities must meet security requirements for judges, staff, and detainees while also serving the general public safely and efficiently on a daily basis.

Corrections

Today, correctional leaders seek facilities that cost less to construct, encourage behavioral change, properly service a changing population's needs, and free up institutional space for the most violent offenders. Our senior corrections architects understand that the built environment plays a critical role in improving operations; optimizing staffing levels; and enhancing the security of correctional officers, inmates, and the wider community.

Deep Corrections Architecture Experience at Every Level of Government

Our experience includes local and county jails from 20 to 2,000 beds; prisons at state, federal, and international levels; the full spectrum of youth and special needs facilities; forensic centers; work-release centers; facility- and system-wide needs assessments; long-range master plans; and alternative delivery models and construction methods. We have also helped lead the evolution of the linear, indirect supervised jail into the new generation of podular, direct supervision facilities.

Public Safety

We offer national expertise in public safety and municipal facility design for government agencies and departments of all sizes. Our highly specialized teams work closely with our clients and other stakeholders to design buildings that are functional, flexible, and secure; while also projecting a strong civic presence and connection to the communities these agencies serve.

A Focused, Nationally Recognized Approach to Facility Design

Our portfolio of nearly 200 public safety and municipal facilities includes police stations, fire stations, joint municipal complexes, emergency operations centers (EOC), communications/dispatch centers (911/PSAP), and training facilities. More than 60 of our projects in this practice area have been designed to meet LEED® certification criteria; and many have gained national recognition in Justice Facilities Review, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Law Enforcement Technology, and other publications and awards programs. We offer a proven, needs-based design process that focuses on efficient operations, advanced technology and security, sustainability, and community access and outreach.

Dewberry® Services
  • Architectural planning and design
  • Needs assessments and feasibility studies
  • Programming and master planning
  • Public safety planning and design
  • Interior design and space planning
  • Furniture, furnishings, and equipment
  • Documentation and specifications
  • Sustainable design, LEED® certification, and ROI
  • Full-service engineering
  • Security/technology design
  • IT/communications design
  • Detention equipment
  • Landscape architecture
  • Construction administration
  • Existing facility assessments
  • Energy audits
  • Adaptive reuse, repurposing, and renovation
  • Emergency mitigation and disaster management
  • The Jack Evans Police Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, is used as an example of how building design can contribute to homeland security....
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