GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE

MUSCOGEE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CAMPUS
Columbus, GA

FAST FACTS
  • $15.8 million project.
  • 80 bed RYDC and 70 bed YDC.
  • School-like ambiance with a residential design.
THE FULL STORY

FDG was selected by the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (GDJJ) to provide architecture, engineering and program management services for the new Muscogee Youth Development Campus. The $15.8 million project is the first design/build project for GDJJ.

The campus includes an 80-bed Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) and a 70-bed Youth Development Campus (YDC) on the same 23-acre site. The RYDC is a maximum-security facility for pre-trial youth offenders, and the YDC is a medium-security facility comprised of six stand-alone, single-story cottages where post-trial youth offenders are educated and counseled for rehabilitation.

The campus was master planned and designed with a more school-like ambience, with plazas and outdoor spaces for social interaction. The exterior and interior architectural character is more residential, to reflect a home-like environment. Many of the trees on the heavily wooded site were preserved and incorporated into the landscaping. The sloping topography also allows the buildings to be staggered on the site, which enhances the communal character of the campus.

Because of the different classifications of the residents, the facility has separate kitchen, laundry, medical, education and recreation support facilities.

Construction was completed in June 2005.