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The Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) is located in Seattle's Squire Park neighborhoodThe four-story facility delivers on holistic approach to serve justice-involved youth and their families. It was officially opened for occupancy in February 2020. 

Courthouse amenities include spacious, window-lined courtroom lobbies that maximize natural light, 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, WSDOT and private projects excluded). And, in 2020, the project was honored with nationals awards from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and the Engineering News-Record (ENR): 

  • National Award of Merit in the Federal, State, County and Municipal category -  DBIA
  • Best project in the Government/Public Building category - ENR

The project concludes in late summer 2021 with the opening of a 360-stall parking garage, a tunnel connecting the garage to the CFJC, and the Alder School complex.

Parking Garage Construction Updates:

  • The Alder School takes on form with erected walls, roof steel installation is nearing completion. Ongoing envelope work includes the installation of waterproofing and insulation.
  • The pedestrian tunnel that will connect the parking garage and the courthouse is now in place, with garage tunnel waterproofing in progress.
  • Elevated deck pours of the parking garage Levels 2-4 is complete. Current work includes electrical work and fire sprinklers’ installation on Level 1.
  • Upcoming activities include garage sewer and stormwater structures, garage foundation wall waterproofing, and Level 2 elevated deck.
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