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The Project has been named the “Next Generation Facility” or “NGF” for short. The NGF will be constructed on the grounds of the current Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (the “COJC”) location in Tecumseh, Oklahoma. The NGF will consolidate the three existing OJA secure care facilities located across the State, including the COJC. The COJC is on 30 developed acres of a 147.7 acre plot and has been in use since 1919.
The NGF will include up to nine cottages that will provide living quarters for up to 144 residents. The Project is being planned and staged to minimize disruption to the day-to-day operations of the COJC, which will continue to house youth during the construction of the Project. This centralized campus will replace obsolete housing units that were designed and built for other purposes and other populations.
The NGF will focus on providing rehabilitative and therapeutic services in a specifically designed facility for juvenile justice programming. The NGF will encompass residential cottages for male and female youth in OJA’s care along with a modern health services building. To help its residents be physically active, the Project includes a regulation size soccer field that may also be used for football and baseball/softball, and two outside basketball courts (one for each of the male and female residents).
Consolidation of OJA’s three existing secure care facilities into the NGF will result in a more therapeutic environment for its residents and better working conditions for OJA staff, and will also result in significant savings by consolidating services such as cafeteria, laundry and maintenance. Further, use of technology and smart housing unit design in the NGF will allow OJA staff to be more efficient and effective.