Berks County Youth Center

Construction of a new 25,100 square foot addition to an operating co-ed juvenile facility.  The addition contains 24 double occupancy cells, restroom facilities with showers, and a new gym.  A hydraulic elevator serves the two-floor facility.

The addition includes new fire alarm and public address systems as well as new HVAC and control systems.  New detention equipment includes cell doors and hardware.  Electric service and emergency generation systems were extended from the existing complex.  Fire protection for the new space is tied into the facility’s existing wet system.
Alterations to the existing facility include upgrades to laundry, shower and control rooms.  Security system upgrades encompass all new locks and control systems, including cameras, lighting and fencing.

The new structure consists of steel/CMU bearing and precast concrete plank over conventional concrete foundations.  The exterior is 4” specific CMU with 2” grid rigid insulation on CMU back-up.  Roofing is predominantly asphalt shingle, with EPDM and metal used in selected areas.  Interior partitions are of masonry construction.  Flooring consists of VCT floors with vinyl base as well as sheet vinyl, rubber and urethane.  The facility is designed with secure windows and ceiling systems.

Excavation included the removal of existing on-grade parking sitework also included relocation of site lighting, creation of a detention basin and new surface parking.

Client: County of Berks
Architects: USA Architects
Cost: $4,900,000
Burkey’s Role: Agency Construction Manager/Joint Venture
Scope: Addition to an operating co-ed juvenile facility