THE EVERGREEN SHELTER
Nestled on the corner of a typical city block, The Evergreen Shelter is a homeless shelter designed with empathy and purpose. Evergreen seeks to provide clients with more than just temporary relief; by connecting its residents with meaningful resources, this shelter hopes to create lasting changes. Evergreen accommodates approximately 60 adult men-- all of whom are expected to participate in vocational training and workplace readiness courses designed to help homeless individuals regain independence, seek employment opportunities, and transition to permanent housing. By embracing biophilic design, Evergreen hopes to nurture a healing environment that clients feel secure in. This is a building that stands for the evergreen things in life-- charity, community, and compassion.
This project is my first independent Revit project. It was inspired by Casa Verde, the project that my ACE Team (ACE Team 8) worked on during our 2020-2021 season. During Casa Verde's conceptual design phase, I sketched a building design and decided to use Revit to bring it to life as an independent project. While researching homelessness and speaking to shelter directors during my ACE meetings, I learned a lot about this issue and about the state of current homeless shelters in New York City. With this information, I wanted to reflect compassion in my building using biophilic and trauma-informed design. Additionally, I explored the implementation of sustainable green infrastructure using green roofs.
Building Philosophy: Biophilic Design
Green Roof Construction
Green Roof on Building 1
Green Roof on Building 2
Timber Louver Façade
Building 1 consists of Evergreen's most fundamental areas. On the first floor, clients can lounge and chat in the lobby while enjoying a drink from the cafe. Staff members have access to meeting rooms, shared workspaces, and private offices. Residential spaces make up the second and third floors, which include shared social areas that facilitate interpersonal communication. Evergreen's capsule-style beds provide each client with an individual sleeping compartment, upholding the tenets of trauma-informed design by creating a safe environment with a reasonable degree of privacy.
Staff Meeting Room
Building 2 is Evergreen's programming building. On the first floor, clients have access to a laundry room, counseling/therapy offices, and on-site medical care. In the second-floor cafeteria, clients can eat freshly-prepared meals three times a day at specified mealtimes. The cafeteria also opens into the library, where clients can read, meditate, or use the computers. On the third floor, clients can participate in workshops, vocational training classes, and employment readiness courses. In these programs, clients gain valuable life skills that prepare them for their move into independent housing. Evergreen's extensive programming offers its clients the chance to take proactive steps in order to live a sustainable, productive, and independent lifestyle.