"The modern look and feel of the facility is something the community can be proud of. The way the art-work was integrated into the design and finishes of the building make it a premier building in the County’s inventory. Also, the use of small and minority firms to finance and construct the facility was important for this project, particularly because of its location and the population to be served."
This project speaks to an emerging theme on how the architecture and construction process can speak towards and address the inequities of our society. As a governmental facility, the architecture, art integration, and design embrace a theme of restorative justice. The build process of the project included a collaboration with the Regional Black Contractors Association and their “Second Chance” workforce program that trains men and women who have been part of the criminal justice system and puts them to work with new skillsets on the project job site. In addition, the project is a success story of a development team comprised of minority firms (including finance partner, contractor, and architect) delivering a project exceeding the expectations of the client.