Judge Patricia H. Clark
Children and Family Justice Center
The Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center is located in Seattle's Squire Park neighborhood. The four-story facility delivers on a holistic approach to serve justice-involved youth and their families. It was officially opened for occupancy in February 2020.
Courthouse amenities include spacious, natural-light filled courtroom lobbies, 10 courtrooms with ample gallery seating for families, confidential meeting spaces for youth and parents to meet with their attorneys, counselors, and program managers. The detention facility is designed with King County’s goal of zero youth detention in mind and, as the population of detention declines, living spaces can be converted to non-detention program areas. The CFJC has 100 fewer beds than the former Youth Services Center.
When granted authority for design-build delivery in 2013, the CFJC was the largest design-build building public project in Washington state (Federal, WashDOT and private projects excluded). Most notably, the project was honored with a National Award of Merit from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in the Federal, State, County and Municipal category; the project will go on to compete for a national award of excellence in the same category at the DBIA national conference in October 2020.