The project vision for the Resource Centers places emphasis on design that provide a humane and dignified environment for facility users. Seven core principles helped guide the design team in their efforts. These visioning principles are summarized by the following terms; connected, safety, durability, sustainability, trauma informed design, flexibility and contextuality. Each principle adding to a design which promotes the highest level of safety without the feel of an institutional facility.
As part of a large collaborative effort, the cities of Salt Lake and South Salt Lake have come together to construct three new Homeless Resource Centers (HRCs). These facilities will replace the current Road Home Facility located in downtown Salt Lake City. The homeless population using the facility are required to leave to access other needed services such as medical care, housing placement, food, employment, etc. The HRC model is designed to provide all the needed resources on site within the actual facility.
The Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center at 131 East 700 South in Salt Lake City represents a 59,848 SF urban infill project that caters to women only. ajc, in collaboration with numerous stakeholders, and Shelter the Homeless [a non-profit 501 (c)( 3) organization] was responsible for programming and designing this two-level, 200 bed facility. This Resource Center provides a safe and secure place to eat, sleep and maintain personal hygiene, in addition to a wide range of services including housing assistance, employment services, life skills, medical care, storage, counseling services, and connections to long-term community support. The Resource Center also houses administrative spaces, multi-purpose space, classrooms and dedicated spaces for assistance programs.