Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center
Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center (2010)
City and County of Denver, Colorado
Design Architect: Hartman-Cox Architects
Architect of Record: OZ Architecture
Detention Architect: Ricci Greene Associates
The new 1500 bed Denver Detention Center in the heart of the Civic Center and new Justice Center will express the dichotomy between the difficult job of incarcerating those awaiting trial, sentencing or placement and the longer term mission of returning detainees and inmates successfully and productively into the community. Materials and forms will illustrate the seriousness of purpose and permanence, as well as optimism for the future. All of this needs to be accomplished while maintaining a familial relationship of scale and form to the existing Civic Center buildings.