The Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center was opened in 1984 and licensed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections for 87 beds. By 1989 the facility suffered from chronic overcrowding, despite the concerted use of diversion programs and alternatives to incarceration. The purpose of this project was to alleviate the overcrowding, which was at odds with the mission of the County and the Juvenile Detention Center.
The total addition created 34,396 gross square feet, including extending existing mechanical, electrical, and elevator systems to serve the new space. The addition was occupied in January 2003. The project's two additional floors added housing capacity for 60 additional juveniles to the existing Juvenile Detention Center for a total capacity of 147 beds.