DYS Girls Facility
Contractor - G&R Construction
Project Type: Design/Bid/Build
Project Cost: $20.4 Million
Gross Square Feet: 45,400
Completion Date: Summer 2007



Construction of a new Girl's Detention Facility for the Department of Youth Services was completed in the Town of Westborough, MA. This is the first of its kind built specifically for girls in New England and is modeled after successful programs in Denver Colorado. A steel frame building with brick exterior, this one-story structure contains residential housing wings, classrooms, cafeteria, gymnasiums, and exterior exercise yards. Site work included excavation and re-grading, entry road, parking for 45 cars, secure sallyport for transporting youths, outdoor recreation areas, and utility hook-ups. The building is located on the site of the Westborough State Hospital, but is not dependent on the Westborough State Hospital utilities

Project Features:

  • Single story, steel frame with brick exterior, fully air-conditioned.
  • 44 secure beds, basketball court, classrooms, interview room, play space for visiting children.
  • First girls' facility in the Commonwealth that includes a full size Gym and appropriate work-out facility for females


The DYS Girls facility is helping the Commonwealth save money, energy, and water. This brand new 24-hour facility is saving over 26% more energy than Code. It has been rated LEED Silver by the US Green Building Council and this building is the second LEED Certified state building.

The savings for electrical/mechanical was in lighting (20%), Heating/Gas (19%), and space cooling (45%). In addition, a light colored roof membrane (cool roof) was installed on most of the facility to reflect heat in the summer. The HVAC system does not use ozone depleting refrigerants and enhanced commissioning was provided. A few more sustainable design features include:

  • 94% of the building construction waste was recycled
  • 20% regional materials
  • A sustainability educational program is used to teach the facility clients as part of the school program.
  • A composting program is in place and used to grow plants and herbs in the greenhouse and garden
  • A Green Housekeeping program is in place
  • Rapidly renewable materials, such as linoleum was used throughout the facility
  • Low VOC paints, carpet, adhesives and sealants were provided
  • Abundant Daylight and access views to the exterior for the majority of the occupied rooms
  • No irrigation for the landscape and fields
  • Native plantings and grass
  • Reflective non-roof paving surfaces

DYS Girls Facility

DYS Girls Facility Interior