Merced Juvenile Hall

Merced County Bear Creek Academy Juvenile Boot Camp, Merced County

G/A provided a masterplan and preliminary design for a new 60-bed boot camp, located contiguously with the County’s original Juvenile Justice Correctional Complex on W. Sandy Mush Road. The Bear Creek Academy is a stand-alone complex, with housing, classrooms, food service and support areas all separate from the remainder of the site.

Housing is designed in the direct supervision model, with four pods housing 15 wards each. Staffing is minimized and friendly, consisting of one desk per module.

Buildings are configured for sustainable design, with PV-oriented roofs, and softer, friendlier features and materials on the interior including daylighting and efficient windows. The site is configured for low-maintenance landscaping, as well as space for sustainable learning demonstration projects.