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
County of San Diego Department of General Services
Mark Zabonik/ Mark.Zabonik@sdcounty.ca.gov
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