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Layton Breaks Ground on New Children's Justice Center for Uintah and Daggett Counties

June 12, 2009

Layton Construction is building a new Children's Justice Center for Uintah and Daggett Counties, located in Vernal, Utah. Ground was broken for the 7,500-square-foot facility on June 12 and construction is expected to be complete in December of this year.

There are 15 Children's Justice Centers operated throughout the state of Utah as part of a program created by the Utah Attorney General's Office. The Centers are built in order to coordinate the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and provide child-friendly environments for interviews and exams of child victims. The facilities also provide support and resource referrals for the families of victims.

Layton is also currently constructing the Uintah County Public Safety Complex in Vernal and will be able to use resources from that project on the Children's Justice Center in order to keep costs down. Additionally, Layton is working with JWL Architecture and the Babcock Design Group, the same team that is building the Public Safety Complex, and will use the design-assist method as a way to control costs since there are only fixed funds available to construct the facility. Layton is making extensive efforts to solicit local subcontractors in order to help stimulate the local economy and create jobs for local companies and residents.

The Uintah and Daggett County Children's Justice Center will be wood-framed and have special features including acoustic separations for the privacy of juvenile victims, audio and video monitoring and recording functions.

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