Persky & Associates

This is a critical time in our quest for justice-system reform

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Justice and other community-based facilities serve our most vulnerable populations, and the built environment has a profound impact on their health, wellbeing, and perception of society. We can help your organization determine your facility vision and requirements and translate those goals into a design that will assure an effective, rehabilitative facility.

Our Services

Facility Planning & Programming

A facility project cannot be successful without a robust planning effort. All levels of planning services are available, including master plans, needs assessments, feasibility studies, and operational and space programming.

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Design Consulting

All facets of a facility’s design must be safe and secure, ensure efficient operations and building performance, and at the same time be evidence-based, trauma-informed, gender-responsive, and address the unique needs of clients and staff. I can help your team design a facility that meets all these criteria.

Evaluation & Research

Curious about how your facility is performing? Interested in evidence-based design strategies for your project? Post-occupancy evaluations, data analysis, Evidence-based design resources, and other research services available.

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Life Skills & Reentry Center for Women

The primary mission of this facility is the delivery of high-quality…

New Solano Hall of Justice

The primary mission of this facility is the delivery of high-quality…

Contra Costa West County Reentry, Treatment, & Housing Facility

The primary mission of this facility is the delivery of high-quality…

Southeastern Live Well Center

The primary mission of this facility is the delivery of high-quality…

Contra Costa West County Reentry, Treatment, & Housing Facility

The primary mission of this facility is the delivery of high-quality…

New Solano Hall of Justice

The primary mission of this facility is the delivery of high-quality…

Life Skills & Reentry Center for Women

The primary mission of this facility is the delivery of high-quality…

Southeastern Live Well Center

The primary mission of this facility is the delivery of high-quality…

Publications

Improving Building Performance Case Studies Part IV: Courthouse POE Toolkit Pilot Study

Through the use of a case study analysis, this course reviews the diagnostic POE process, with particular emphasis on the tools and techniques used in the data collection and analysis process. In addition, a review of the evaluators’ suggestions for items to be addressed, along with their potential solutions, is presented.

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This Courthouse POE Toolkit is designed to offer buildings evaluations of a broad range of scopes and depths of analysis. It consists of guidance and forms for planning the POE, five Information-gathering instruments, on-site fieldwork recommendations, suggestions on data analysis methods and how to present the report.

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Contributing author to Building Performance Evaluation: From Delivery Processes to Life Cycle Phases by Wolgang Preiser, Andrea Hardy, and Ulrich Schramm (Eds.)

The aim of this book is to present a retrospective of Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) as it evolved from Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) over the past 25 years. On one hand, this is done by updating original authors’ chapter content of Building Evaluation, the first edition published in 1989. That, in turn, is augmented by an orientation toward current and future practice on the other, including new authors who are engaged in ongoing, cutting edge projects…

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The notion that there is a relationship between the built environment and behavior is long agreed upon. This is sometimes described as providing a “normative” environment; however, the term can be too prescriptive…

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During the latter half of the twentieth century there was a substantial increase in attention to the effect of the built environment on human health, which, in the 21st century, has accelerated with the popularity of biophilic design. Application of this research to architecture and interior design is becoming more prevalent and is extending to institutions such as schools and hospitals…

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Farling, M., Persky, E., Farbstein, J., Timme, R., Wener, R. (2021). Reducing the risk of COVID-19 in detention facilities through design and management. Presentation delivered to the Environmental Design Research Association, virtual.

Persky, E. (2021). Healthy spaces, amazing places – detention facilities. Presentation delivered to Women+ in Green, part of the San Diego Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, virtual.

Horney, J., Timme, R., Persky, E., Lopez, L., Farbstein, J. (2020). COVID-19 and corrections: what’s happening. Presentation delivered at the annual conference of the Academy of Architecture for Justice, virtual.

Wener, R., Farbstein, J., Persky, E., Farling, M. (2020). Detention facilities: research, ethics, and impacts on community. Presentation delivered at the annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association, virtual.

Farbstein, J., Persky, E., Pitts, F. Prior, B., (moderator) (2018). The mental health crisis – let’s talk. Keynote presentation delivered at the annual conference of the Academy of Architecture for Justice, Jersey City, NJ.

Persky, E. (2018). A POE toolkit for courthouse. Presentation delivered at the annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association, Oklahoma City, OK.

Costino, E., Oraftik, C., Keifer, P., Knox, P. (2013, September). A new courthouse paradigm: the profound impact of rapidly changing technologies, economics, and community expectations [Podcast]. www.aia.org.

Costino, E., Dyckes, G., and Meredith, M. (2013, September). California’s new prison healthcare facility [Podcast]. www.aia.org.

Persky, E. (2018). A POE Toolkit for Courthouse. Paper presented at the Environmental Design Research Association Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.

Cook, C., Persky, E., Hartman, L. (2017). Design Guidelines for Correctional Healthcare Facilities. Paper presented at the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare Fall Conference, Chicago, IL.

Carter, S. Persky, E., Raemisch, R., Scalf, K., MacAllister, J. (2016). Applying secure mental health design in corrections. Paper presented at the Academy of

Architecture for Justice Fall Conference, Honolulu, HI.

Prior, B., Persky, E., Reich Margarites, Z., Fender, D. (2016). Green corrections: the next big thing is wellness! Paper presented at the Academy of Architecture for

Justice Fall Conference, Honolulu, HI.

Reinkensmeyer, M., Hall, D., Persky, E., & Farbstein, J. (2016). New resources for courthouse design and post-occupancy evaluation. Paper presented at the 

National Association for Court Management Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Cook, G. and Persky, E. (2014) Restorative design in correctional environments. Paper presented at the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare Fall

Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Cook, G. and Persky, E. (2014). Positive trends: how design approaches are improving outcomes. Paper presented at the Academy of Architecture for Justice Fall

Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Eno Louden, J., Costino, E., Blevins, A., Fu, J., Dillman, J., & Skeem, J. (2008, March). Identifying probationers with mental disorder: Validating a mental health

screening questionnaire. In S. Manchak (Chair), Offenders with mental disorder in community corrections: Identification, risk factors, supervision and 

outcomes. Symposium conducted at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society (Jacksonville, FL).

Manchak, S., Eno Louden, J., Skeem, J., Vidal, S., and Costino, E. (2006). An analysis of the predictive validity of the LSI-R in a sample of long-term inmates. Paper

presented at the American Psychology and Law Society annual conference, St. Petersburg, FL.

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The Team

Erin Persky

Principal-In-Charge, Lead Consultant

EP&A has subconsultants with a range of subject matter expertise available on a per-project basis.

A Podcast About Architecture’s Impact on Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform: It’s a huge, multifaceted movement to fix our broken system. But there is one important topic missing from the mainstream conversation: Architecture. Until now.

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