LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Harbor Interfaith Services, a non-profit organization serving the Harbor Area and South Bay communities of Los Angeles, California, is working with Withee Malcolm Architects on their new 15,000 square foot family resource center.
"We got involved early in the process when Harbor Interfaith was trying to determine how best to accommodate a growing demand for their services in their much smaller existing facility," says Dan Withee AIA, founding principal of the architectural firm. "Their mission was an inspiration and their need compelling. The much-needed expansion will give them the additional room to achieve their mission."
Donating the services of the firm for the initial phase, the architects saw an opportunity to create a more functional, family-centered design by consolidating all the program requirements into a single building. Taking advantage of three contiguous parcels which hosted the existing center, adjacent parking and a separate house, the three-story design provides ample room for a mix of uses including the resource center, food pantry, nursery and pre-school, indoor and outdoor play space, administrative offices and underground parking.
"What the new building will give us is much more than expanded space," comments Harbor Interfaith Services' executive director Tahia Hyslet. "Our first facility was in the basement of a church, and as we grew we simply made the best of what space we were able to find. Withee Malcolm brought us a vision of what could be, and designed the facility for our specific program with spaces that will allow us to do a better job in all we do."
"Although the district is commercially zoned, the design is respectful of the residential nature of the neighborhood in its scale, setbacks and architectural vocabulary," notes Withee. "We committed to creating a building that will be comfortable and inviting to parents, children, and others who will be using the facility." In keeping with the socially sustainable goals of the project, the design is also environmentally sustainable, with LEED certification as an aim.
Each year, the Harbor Interfaith Services serves 15,000 homeless and working poor people: www.harborinterfaith.org
Withee Malcolm Architects serves clients in the residential and commercial industrial markets throughout the West from offices in Torrance, California: www.witheemalcolm.com
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