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A ROOF AHEAD

FAMILY MAINTENANCE CENTER

ALEXANDER DEFEE STUDIO G1 CLEMSON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE SPRING 2011 PRIMARY ADVISOR: DAN HARDING


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While Greenville South Carolina has a considerable number of facilities that tend to the needs of the homeless individual, there is a distinct absence of services catering to the needs of homeless families. The A ROOF AHEAD Family Maintenance Center is designed to fill this service gap by providing both emergency and transitional housing facilities for homeless families. The center also looks to extend its reach beyond the typical homeless shelter clientele to engage and assist families living at or below the poverty line with education and counseling. Through this dual focus, the center works to not only bring families out of homelessness, but also prevent families from ever slipping into homelessness in the first place.

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[A] FAMILY MAINTENANCE CENTER COURTYARD [B] TRANSITIONAL SHELTER COURTYARD

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EMERGENCY HOUSING

ADMINISTRATION OFFICES CASEWORKER OFFICES COUNSELING ROOMS DAY CARE LIBRARY COMPUTER LAB CLASS ROOM STORAGE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING KITCHEN DINING ROOMS FLEX SPACE LAUNDRY

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PROGRAMING

DUAL FOCUS The A ROOF AHEAD’s duel programs are centered on two courtyards. Courtyard [A] serves as an outdoor gathering space for community members who are involved with the Family Maintenance Center. Courtyard [B] provides a protected outdoor space for families living at the transitional housing facility. Caseworker and administrative offices surround Courtyard [B], allowing for parents to leave their children in a secure and supervised environment.

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ADAPTABILITY THROUGH STANDARDIZATION SYMPATHETIC STRUCTURE

The Center’s roof supporting superstructure is created from standardized structural steel tubing and W sections. All of the connections are hinged in a manner that allows the structure to express the site’s topography in its final form. In this way, the structure is uniquely sympathetic to site, while maintaining a strict economy of materials and ease of construction.

PRIMARY STRUCTURE

ASSEMBLY

STEEL ROOF STRIUCTURE

ASSEMBLY


MODULAR PROGRAMING SPACES CREATE COMMUNITY

The modular units that compose the Center’s indoor programmatic space are designed to be adaptable and reconfigurable. As the Center’s goals and programs mature, the modules can be reconfigured to adapt to the Center’s changing needs. Just as the centers architecture flexes to address the site, the centers program can shift to address the needs of the community.

TRANSITIONAL LIVING UNIT

ASSEMBLY

TRANSITIONAL LIVING UNIT

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Greenville SC Homeless Shelter