FULTON COUNTY

JUDGE ROMAE T. POWELL JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER
Atlanta, GA
FAST FACTS
  • $33 million complex.
  • 187,000 square feet.
  • Total project completed in 26 months.
THE FULL STORY

FDG provided comprehensive architecture, engineering and program management services for the Judge Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center and Mechanicsville Branch Library. Located near downtown Atlanta, this five-story, 187,500 square foot facility contains eight courtrooms, administrative and programming space, and a 25-bed holding area, designed to meet Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice standards.

The new facility consolidates all of the juvenile court’s functions from eight separate facilities into one central location, and also includes 7,500 square-feet of space for the new Mechanicsville Branch Library. The overall building footprint is approximately 43,000 square feet on a seven-acre site. Employee and public parking is accommodated at existing neighborhood surface lots, however new library parking is on-site, as well as a secure lot for judges and other senior staff.

The total project, including land acquisition, design, construction, furnishings, and all professional services fees, is approximately $33 million. The entire project was completed – from design through construction – in only 26 months.

For its space efficient design, overall aesthetics, and architectural response to justice design issues, the AIA Committee for Justice Architecture selected the project in its 2003-2004 edition of Justice Facilities Review.