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The voter-approved Children and Family Justice Center replaces the outdated Youth Services Center with a trauma-informed facility that provides modern youth and family court services as well as a flexible and therapeutic juvenile detention center. King County has contracted with Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, to design and build a facility that includes a courthouse for juvenile court and dependency court, juvenile detention, a school facility, a parking structure and public open areas.

Project areas by the numbers

  • Courthouse: 137,000 square feet with 10 courtrooms
  • Juvenile Detention: 92,000 square feet with 112 detention beds. Design allows for flexibility to reduce detention space in the future. The CFJC has 100 fewer detention beds than the former YSC.
  • Youth Program Space: 10,200 square feet initially part of detention has been converted to non-detention youth program space because of reductions in the juvenile detention population.
  • Parking Garage: The 360-stall structure's top floor will be at ground level on its north side and two floors above ground on its south side. Construction is underway.
  • Public Open Areas: 1.55 acres of the site will be open areas that include the Alder Connection, a pedestrian and bicycle pathway that will reconnect East Alder Street between 12th and 14th Avenues after a 50-year closure, space on the corner of East Remington Court and 14th Avenue, and public plaza space facing 12th Avenue.



Construction of the Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center at 12th Avenue and Alder Street in Seattle's Squire Park neighborhood
started in 2017, completed in November 2019, and officially opened for occupancy in February 2020. 

Construction is underway for the Alder School, parking garage, and public plaza, and is schedule to be completed in late summer 2021.

Click here to visit the Alder School and Parking Garage page for construction updates.






Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program

King County has formed an advisory board of small business and community leaders to guide the development of King County's Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program. The program requires and encourages the contractor to hire more workers from economically disadvantaged communities now and in the future. This hiring and contracting model is expected to be developed and implemented in the County's future capital projects. Hiring and apprenticeship goals for the Children and Family Justice project include:

  • 15% of total craft labor hours are to be performed by building apprentices
  • 17% use of Small Contractors and Suppliers
  • 6% use of women-owned businesses
  • 10% minority-owned businesses

Click here to read more about this program.





Environmental Sustainability

The project's contract sets high standards for environmental sustainability. Eco-friendly designs and landscaping are aimed at earning a LEED Gold certification for the building. Building and landscaping features include:

  • Green roof: Will reduce energy use, improve stormwater management, provide potential community gardening opportunities
  • Bioretention gardens:  Improves stormwater management
  • Pervious pavement: Allows water to soak through, reducing runoff
  • Eco-friendly heating and cooling system: Reduces pollution to an amount equivalent to taking 400 cars off the road
  • Energy-efficient features: such as LED lights: Will use 26% less energy than required by the City of Seattle's Energy Code
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