As part of a large and intricate collaborative effort, the cities of Salt Lake and South Salt Lake have come together to construct three new Homeless Resource Centers (HRC). These facilities will replace the current Road Home Facility located in downtown Salt Lake City. Currently, the homeless population, using the facility, are required to leave to access other needed services such as medical care, housing placement and food sourcing. The HRC model is designed to provide all needed resources, on site, within each facility. Each resource center will provide services to people experiencing homelessness with different facilities serving different segments of the population.
The Geraldine E. King Homeless Resource Center will, first and foremost, be designed to provide a humane and dignified environment for displaced women and children. Aside from the need for a humane approach, we have also identified seven additional core principles to guide the design team in their efforts. Those visioning principles are summarized by the following terms; connected, safety, durability, sustainability, trauma-informed design, flexibility and contextuality. Each principle adding to a design that aims to promote the highest level of safety without feeling like an institutional facility. The facility must be as flexible as possible. The facilities have been designed to accommodate an ever-adapting program as the resource model continues to evolve over time.
ajc architects, in collaboration with Holst Architecture, performed the programming, all phases of design and will be actively involved in the construction administration for this high-profile community facility. Construction is scheduled for completion in June of 2019.