Harris County Youth Services Center
The Harris County Youth Services Center houses Children’s Protective Services; counseling and probation services, along with a full medical and dental clinic, and a 24-hour shelter with an in-house school. The landscape design was organized into simple lines and grids to emphasize the uniform structural dimensions and materials of the building. Scattered over a large open site, Knudson worked with Page Southerland Page Architects to create a series of interior and exterior courtyards that weave their way throughout the complex. Materials, plants, colors and systems were used to identify and organize departments and to reinforce way finding and building/client interaction.