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Dixie Youth Center

Client Name

Department of Human Services


Hurricane, UT

Completion Date

2001 (facility design) / 2019 (renovation)


36,000 sf

The overall mission for the Dixie Area Detention Center was to create a facility that provided a safe, supportive environment for the rehabilitation of youth. Coupled with housing units, the facility is a strong educational component of rehabilitated youth. This central location allows easy access for outside educational staff in a controlled fashion. The design utilized two main corridors hinging on a central control room- from this vantage point, visibility through major circulation paths in both secure and non-secure areas is monitored.

The remote location of this facility and the harsh climate required specific energy conserving strategies to be employed. The building is specifically oriented to mitigate the intrusion of blowing sand into the facility. Ground source heat pumps provide a majority of heating and cooling needs. Xeriscape landscaping compliments the harmonious desert colors of the facility.


Jim Child

Architecture Team Manager & Utah Regional Manager

801.533.2100 Contact

Scott Holmes

Sr. Associate
Architectural Team Manager

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