"I cannot imagine a more award-worthy example of design-build delivery than what was accomplished during this very important project," said Justin Peters, Senior Construction Manager at Vanir Construction Management. "The DBE was a team of highly qualified professionals who provided excellent service in stakeholder design implementation, lean planning, and execution of challenging construction design features."
The YTC has adopted a therapeutic approach, focusing on providing supportive, trauma-informed services to help rehabilitate youth and prepare them to reintegrate back into the community. Along with medical, mental health, dental, and vision services, it offers academic and career technical education, where residents learn trades, such as plumbing, culinary arts, media arts, and information technology. The environment emphasizes staff and youth interaction, family connections, positive program participation, and a sense of wellness.
"The YTC offers a new paradigm for youth treatment to achieve better outcomes for youth, their families, and the community," said Matt Semic, PE, President & Principal at Latitude 33. "It focuses on holistic wellness, personal growth, and positive youth development to achieve rehabilitation. We're excited to see such a deserving project recognized by the DBIA."
In addition to the civil engineering services provided by Latitude 33, partners for this project included the County of San Diego, Department of General Services (owner); Balfour Beatty (GC); DLR Group (architect); MA Engineers (mechanical engineer); Syska Hennessy Group (electrical engineer); Miyamoto (structural engineer); Schmidt Design Group (landscape architect); Vanir Construction Management, Inc. (owner advisor); and The Children's Initiative (nonprofit partner).