The new Linn County Juvenile Justice Center, located at 211 Eighth Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids (diagonally across the street from the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center), opened October 31, 2011. It is built one foot above the 2008 flood level and houses juvenile probation offices, juvenile county attorneys, and the juvenile court functions that were in the lower level of the Courthouse on May's Island. The building has a sally port for added security and safety.
The project is funded by a $3.7 million grant from I-JOBS and approximately $2.9 million in Disaster Recovery Bonds issued by Linn County.
The new building is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified. LEED is an internationally recognized certification program that measures green and sustainable building practices. The building's sustainable design will reduce the lifetime operational cost and greatly improve energy efficiency.
The Juvenile Justice Center is one of three Linn County buildings that displays public art in its lobby.
Groundbreaking & Ribbon-Cutting
A groundbreaking ceremony was held July 14, 2010. The building was constructed under a project labor agreement approved by the Linn County Board of Supervisors. The building opened October 31, 2011. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house was held November 9, 2011.