Date started: 2005 | Date completed: 2008
Broadway Community Inc. (BCI) began as a soup kitchen in the basement of Broadway Presbyterian Church in Morningside Heights in 1981. BCI serves people in need from all backgrounds, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation.
Over the years, with the support of Care for the Homeless, a non-profit organization committed to providing direct services for homeless, BCI expanded to provide additional homeless outreach services.
In 2007, Care for the Homeless received a grant from the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services. A portion of the grant was allocated to help fund a much-needed renovation of BCI’s 500 square-foot medical clinic. However, the funding could not cover the entire cost of renovations.
Architecture for Humanity New York was asked to create a design and implement construction for the renovation that would help maximize its restricted budget.
Architecture for Humanity New York ‘s design included a new exam room, triage space, two counseling rooms, two offices, a reception area, copy center, and storage. Efficient design solutions included the installation of sliding translucent doors to maximize the compact space, built-in desks topped with Corian for extended durability, a new lighting scheme to brighten the working areas, and a new floor to cover the once-open plumbing trough.
Additionally, since the space is occupied each day as a shelter and soup kitchen, it was important to use No-VOC paint and formaldehyde-free insulation – made of recycled blue jeans – in the walls, so neither product would pollute the environment with toxic volatile organic compounds.
Architecture for Humanity New York partnered with GO Construction Corporation, a local contractor, for completion of the project’s construction.
Through creative thinking and the generous donation of time, services, and materials, the renovation came in on time and on budget. Debbian Fletcher-Blake, Care for the Homeless’ Director of Clinical Programs, stated: “[the agency] is so grateful for the generous donation of time, services and materials by so many on behalf of so many. The result is a clinic that is not only cost effective and aesthetically pleasing, but one that, most importantly, enhances the dignity and care accorded to our clients.”
Funding & Support
Architecture for Humanity New York acquired generous donations from local design services: 3-Form (Ecoresin Doors), Hafele (Door + Cabinet Hardware), Betten court Green (AFM Safecoat Paint
+ Bonded Logic Denim Insulation), among others.
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