Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center
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Located in downtown Denver, the new detention center is an extension of the civic core that includes the historic State Capitol, the City/County Building and the United States Mint. As a result of a worldwide search for signature designers, Hartman-Cox/Ricci Greene Associates/VRJS/Oz Architecture was selected to design the new 1,500-bed detention center. The new building, together with the new courthouse, enhances the civic district by shaping a new public plaza with a classic civic design whose massing, materials and openings that typify public architecture.

The new 439,000 sq. ft. facility is designed to speed time from arrest to arraignment. It includes central booking for all of the Denver Police Department, two new arraignment courtrooms that operate virtually around the clock to process new arrestees as well as a variety of housing units specially designed to accommodate the characteristics of the short-term pre-trial population.