Let us be your source for correctional, judicial, and law enforcement design services. As an architectural and engineering consulting firm, we provide innovative planning and design solutions to the Criminal Justice field. Our in-house staff is often nationally recognized for their work on justice facilities. In fact, we’re one of the top design firms in the Midwest. Most importantly, our criminal justice experts understand the standards, regulations, and statutes of programming, planning, design, and construction of criminal justice projects.

Service Highlights

  • Program management
  • Feasibility studies
  • Building security assessments
  • Building programming
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Architecture/Interior design
  • Structural/Mechanical/Electrical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction administration
  • Security and operations systems engineering
  • Facility evaluation


Through years of experience, we have gained vast knowledge when it comes to correctional projects. DLZ’s portfolio includes adult and juvenile facilities at both the state and county levels. With this, our staff offers the best elements of current planning and programming experience. Our facility designs are based on popular observation concepts to achieve staff-efficient supervision of inmates and support areas. Also, many of our correctional designs include the direct supervision concept.


DLZ’s judicial projects range from new facilities to renovation and restoration of historic courthouse buildings. Consequently, we bring significant expertise to the programming, design, and engineering of judicial facilities. As a result, we developed a wealth of knowledge in the rules, regulations, and design considerations related to modern judicial facilities. Furthermore, our designs incorporate the latest in security and force protection design while maintaining the sense of public openness that is traditionally part of the judicial design.