Grays Harbor Safe Haven

comprehensive project // winter & spring 2016

Project Overview

This project is my final comprehensive project and is currently in progress. It will be completed June 2016. Here will be documentation of the progression of the project from start to finish.

 

Grays Harbor Safe Haven is an interim housing complex for children in foster care. The main goal of the project is to provide a safe, welcoming, home-like environment for children who have been removed from their homes, while they wait for appropriate placement. The site is located in Aberdeen, Washington, in one of the oldest and the tallest building in Aberdeen, the Becker Building. The program is broken down into 4 categories: housing, living, therapy, and support. Within each category is various programmatic elements that create the overall environment. 

 

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Project | Existing Conditions

Location: Aberdeen, Washington

Built: 1926

Construction Type: Concrete + Steel + Brick + Terra Cotta

Floors: 7 Floors + Mezzanine + Penthouse Building Foot Print: 131 ft x 61 ft

Lot Size Sq Ft: 7,800

Building Gross Sq Ft: 51,065

Typical Floor Square Footage: 6,005

Net Square Footage: 36,600

Current Use: Anne Marie’s Café is located on bottom floor on I street, offices on upper floors

 

 
Scheme A | Midreview 02.12.16
​"...Tale as old as time..."
 

Goals:

  • Explore the relationship between the historic facades and aspects of the building 

  • Evaluate the views out to nature and the city

  • Historic Vs. Modern

  • Introverted spaces vs. extroverted spaces

  • Connection to the community

  • Tying in history

Scheme A Parti
Scheme A Parti

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"Club House"
"Club House"

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Scheme B | Midreview 02.12.16
​" The Cave of Wonders"

 

Goals:

  • Public Vs. Private

  • Compression and expansion

  • Relationship between communal spaces vs. private individual spaces

  • Stacking and connecting and shifting of private spaces and blocks of program

  • Places to have refuge vs. places to be in a communal environment

  • Ideas of transparency, opacity, and translucency 

Scheme C | Midreview 02.12.16
​" Part of Your World"
 

GOALS: 

  • Bringing community in and getting th children out in the community

  • Have a place that is inconspicuous, but also known at the same time

  • Bring in the community but maintain the privacy of the children. 

  • Seen + Unseen

  • Community outreach

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Revised Schemes: In Progress