This 1920s former seamen’s home that now provides The Salvation Army housing and a community of support for men in treatment was in serious disrepair. Its physical spaces no longer met the needs of the therapeutic program as it had evolved over the years. Fradkin & McAlpin’s feasibility studies revealed the optimal way to reconfigure nine floors of dormitories and four floors of public spaces, including chapel, cafeteria, and lounge; during the studies, we identified the need for expansion to accommodate the growth of the program. The addition was oriented around existing open space, which was not disturbed; the new structure’s simple modern style complements the vintage yellow brick of the main building and fits in with adjacent properties. Dormitory space featuring varied room configurations with accompanying bathrooms were integrated into the existing tower. The client’s particular concern was to maintain continuous functioning of the program, so the design required no change in the certificate of occupancy as well as a phased construction schedule.
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