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Ohio Street Probation Facility

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The Ohio Street Probation Center is the first project to fully incorporate the County of San Diego’s vision of an integrated approach to probation, rehabilitative, and community support services.  The program focuses on holistic assistance to clients, protecting public safety by coaching clients to restore their lives, families, and the communities they live in.

Designed to be non-institutional in appearance, with a warm character respectful of its clients and thoughtful and protective of County staff, the project accommodates a diverse program on a small, challenging infill site. The main entrance and open, two-story public lobby are designed to be visually accessible to the neighborhood; Probation administrative offices, testing, and staff areas are located to allow separate, safe, and secure access for staff; and a community outreach area provides offices for community service programs and easily accessible community meeting rooms, public food pantry with demonstration kitchen, and a community garden and patio.

A LEED Gold and Zero Net Energy (ZNE) certified building, the building’s form reflects its focus on sustainability.  Key design considerations included the scale and orientation of windows to reduce solar exposure while optimizing access to natural light.  Warm exterior metal panels provide a balance against the concrete texture.

3977 Ohio Street San Diego, CA 92104

Project Owner/Developer:
County of San Diego Department of General Services

Contact Name/Email:
Mark Zabonik/ Mark.Zabonik@sdcounty.ca.gov

Project Architect/Designer:
dstewart@steinberghart.com / Steinberg Hart

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  1. Naveen Waney

    It was a pleasure working with the County as Bridging Architects and Steinberg Hart did a great job with making it a reality. Great addition to North Park!

  2. Gail Goldman

    Another notable feature of the Ohio Street Probation Center is the artwork by Perry Vasquez. His two paintings–Sunflower and Moonflower– were developed after he engaged in conversation with six members of the justice involved community.

    Moonflower, seen in the last photo, invites viewers to reach new heights. Around the periphery is a brocade of portraits of inspirational public figures who have given meaning to the cause of restorative justice, including the six people who provided ideas for the content of the artwork.

  3. IYKYK

    They have the best flag pole around. Really pops as a 50′

  4. Stacy Ferda

    I remember hearing about the Ohio Street building around eight years ago. The comments were not good, and because of public resistance, the location could not be changed. What a wonderful rise to such a challenge. The building and interior look hopeful, which is exactly what is needed.

  5. Khristopher Tabaknek

    Excellent Job County of SD and PW/SB architectural teams: Overcoming great challenges to create a facility for a prominent need within our community, and done so beautifully.

  6. Oli Thordarson

    A beautiful new facility. Congratulations on a job well done.

  7. Salvador pena

    What a beautiful building! A nice addition to the neighborhood. Well done.

  8. Paul Micou

    What a fantastic idea! If the community shows respect for those on probation and helps them to build a productive rehabilitated lifestyle, it’s a win-win for everyone.

  9. Anthony Nava Velasquez

    1. It’s a nice building facility for the probation department. Great improvement and achievement of 20th century of Uptown North Park.

    2. I would like to see a parking structure, EV charging point.

    3. The probation signs and number should be a monument instead paste against the building.

    4. The building numbers needs to be bigger

  10. Alicia Perez

    Such a warm welcoming environment!

  11. Scott Christman

    The new office on Ohio Street was built with input from the community and support from neighbors. The building includes rehabilitative services, a space for community meetings, a demonstration kitchen to teach cooking skills, and a food pantry. This is a beautiful facility that will have a lasting and positive impact on the community that it serves.

  12. Adel B Korkor MD

    I am not an architect but I understand and appreciate the functionality and the inspiration any building I look at offers.
    The architectural design of this building for its intended use provides an exceptional warmth, inspiration, hospitality and functionality.

  13. María Luisa Muñiz Ramos


  14. Mark Kruse


  15. Kathy Sampson RN,MSN

    My immediate reaction is a unique and welcoming design. The environment appears to be designed to facilitate gathering. The color choices are warm and relaxing. Overall, this space is lovely.


    Creative concept to attract both people and natural light from Ohio St in the increasingly dense North Park neighborhood.

  17. Jason Druxman

    The Probation Department envisioned a warm and welcoming space to provide services that are aimed to support, educate and empower those that probation serves directly and indirectly within the community. This beautiful non-traditional government building provides clients a space that embodies dignity and respect while seeking services for rehabilitative outreach and support groups, classes around developing cooking skills (culinary space), referrals for those that are home insecure and on-site collaborative services with other local and county agencies.

  18. Steve Schmidt

    When it comes to the built environment, the County’s goal is to have Places which are inviting and respectful to all who come to them, as well as to passersby, and the community in general. Steinberg Hart has created a Place which achieves that goal. Congratulations!

  19. Vicky


  20. Arcelia Osuna

    A very beautiful and warming place so adécuate and thoghtful for the type of therapy it is ment for.


  21. Diana Romero

    very good project, beautiful and looks functional, with large spaces, excellent areas, congratulations

  22. Norma Osuna


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