The Johnson County Kansas Youth and Family Services Center is a 33-bed juvenile detention facility with in-house detention service offices, a partial service kitchen, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and classrooms. The facility offers a minimum security youth facility, meant to house less dangerous and violent offenders and, in some cases, simply abandoned or displaced youth. An additional building provides housing for higher risk youth and includes 69 beds.
The main building is characterized by a large entry rotunda and massive amounts of daylight and common spaces. Three pods each house 11 juveniles, and each pod contains a day room and a connection to a central commons. Additional features include a family resource center and training and conference rooms for county staff and shareholders. Exterior materials include brick, stone and glass, and the facility is designed to meet LEED certification standards and has achieved LEED Platinum Certification.
The scope of work for the Youth and Family Services Center also included renovations to the existing Juvenile Detention Facility. This work constituted approximately 20 percent of the budget and renovated 70 percent of the spaces. The renovation was completed while the building was occupied and fully operational.