VAN ELSLANDER FAMILY CENTER
Detroit, MI
Detroit Collaborative Design Center with SHG, Inc.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has reaffirmed its commitment to the community by replacing the former Gratiot Warehouse, which was destroyed by fire in December 1996, with a Community Self Help Center. The center will serve the needs of the east-side residents by offering a day care center, emergency food service, thrift shop, community wellness clinic, job placement and training center, credit union, and administrative offices. With a diverse group of stakeholders, a strong donor base, and great enthusiasm, design criteria for the project were established through a series of workshops. These workshops provided the owner with a non-threatening environment through a process of “gaming.” Games included defining a quality model, “Architecture Appreciation 101,” programming, cost and schedule. The owner defined a building that was to be colorful, exuberant, uplifting and function as to tool for ministry. The project was completed in July 2000.

TEAM:
Terrence Curry (Designer)
Andy Vizanno (Principal)
David Garnett (Project Manager)
Russell Baltimore (Project Architect)

AWARDS:
AIA Detroit Design Honor Award (2000)