Caring for the youth while complying with Alameda County’s requirements for all new buildings to have at least a LEED certified rating, is what HOK’s did for the Alameda Juvenile Justice Center. The structure has various eco-friendly features that made it possible to have a LEED certificate. One of the eco-friendly feature it has is the low-flow toilets and waterless urinals that reduces the water usage by 40 percent. Another feature is the 850kW solar power pane array on the roof that powers the building around 66 percent. The building also has two main areas designated for sorting, collecting, and storing recyclable materials, and a dedicated recycling bins are in all staff breaks areas and workspaces. Moreover, the youths stay healthy in their stay here, for it has a designated smoking areas and a ventilation system that brings in enough fresh air.
Source: HOK Sustainable Design