These centers are different from the typical homeless shelter model because they allow tenants to stay with family/friends, keep their pets, and don’t require lining up every night in hopes of securing a bed. What started out as a $1.4 million contract grew to $2.6 million as we took on new scope. This was not a design-build project, but our project managers helped city planners finish the design and troubleshoot issues. We built the deck, installed metal doors, laid concrete, used a new anti-graffiti coating, and lots of carpentry.
Aside from our scope, we helped the City when they were in a jam with other shelters. We built a 15 foot trellis for another shelter, plumbed gas lines into one of their buildings, and built a storage area for all 5-6 navigation centers. This 84-bed center is part of a 1,000 bed rollout by 2020.