Juvenile Detention Center
Boston, MA

Developing a design that balanced the necessary security features with a humane environment for juveniles was a key challenge of the Juvenile Detention Center for the City of Boston. The center was constructed on the fifth floor of an existing police station.

Through the careful selection of durable building materials with integral colors and the use of softening elements such as carpet and wood trim, the design has turned a severe environment into an attractive and unthreatening place. The facility it divided into areas of increasing security, with the juveniles held in two wings that contain dormitory, recreation, and isolation rooms, as well as toilet facilities. The entire secured area is designed with ducts, and window screens that were selected for their durability, security and suicide-limiting designs.

In creating a state-of-the-art juvenile holding facility for the Commonwealth, DiMarinisi & Wolfe provided architectural and interior design services.