The Northern Cheyenne Tribe's desire to integrate a fragmented array of existing services under one roof was a major operational influence for this project. Klein McCarthy Architects served as the detention consultant for the architect of record on this project. The new facility provides 36 beds in five separate living units, an alternative school including assessment capability, one of the Reservation's "satellite" probation/hearing facilities, program functions, and spaces for health, dining, recreation, and administrative offices. In response to operational planning issues, separate entrances for the public and staff, supplies, and a discrete detainee entrance and processing component were also designed.
Cultural aspects of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe are expressed in the operation and design of the Youth Services Center. The plan supports traditional inter-relationships and attitudes among residents and staff, and incorporates traditional two and three-dimensional forms and decorative elements using indigenous materials and colors.