Bud Clark Commons | Notes of Interest

The shelter has an abundance of natural light and wood finishes inside. FSC certified douglas fir is used throughout to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Each apartment is 300 square feet. Fully-furnished and built to last, the apartments come equipped with bike racks, relites that bring natural light into the bathrooms, increased ventilation with heat recovery, and smart-sensors in the operable windows that turn off the heat when opened.

A vulnerability index is used to select residents, providing a home to citizens in the most danger of dying on the street.

An additional unique feature is the day center. The day center is the one place in the city where any person, couple, or family can come to receive help escaping homelessness. It provides a range of services from a simple bathroom break to job training and life skills. The goal of the day center is to provide citizens with the tools needed to find stability in their lives. These tools include services such as mailing addresses, storage lockers, and a hygiene center with free clothes suitable for job and apartment interviews. Most importantly, the day center provides an uplifting environment that offers solutions to homelessness.

Bud Clark Commons created a transformative place that serves people with dignity, respects its environment, and serves as inspiration for all.

Additional Credit

  • Engineer: ABHT Structural Engineers; KPFF Consulting Engineers; PAE Consulting Engineers;
  • General Contractor: Walsh Construction Co.
  • Interior/Exterior Design and Furnishings: Acoustic Design Studio, Inc.; Czopek & Erdenberger, Inc.; Green Building Services, Inc.; Mayer/Reed; Richard Graves Waterproofing Consultant

Photo Credit

  • © Holst Architecture

Bud Clark Commons

Category Two: Creating Community Connection Award

Jury Comments

The architect is really trying to say something here, and it is inspiring. The way the shelter addresses the street and the commons – it creates a place of invitation and dignity in a warm, lively kind of way. It invites a wider idea of constructive citizenry.

This building is more than an institution. Considering the homelessness initiative – most homeless projects seem institutionalized and one dimensional, but this is not stigmatized, it is thoughtful and brings a new way of thinking about how these facilities should be done. It is a gorgeous project. This approach should be imitated.

2012 AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards Jury

  • Sandra A. LaFontaine, AIA, Chair
  • LaFontaine Architecture and Design
  • Worthington, Ohio
  • Allison Arieff
  • New York Times
  • San Francisco
  • Luis Borray, Assoc. AIA
  • U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Sara E. Caples, AIA
  • Caples Jefferson Architects
  • New York City
  • Regina C. Gray, PhD
  • U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Jerome King, FAIA
  • The Office of Jerome King
  • San Jose, California
  • Bill Moore, AIA
  • Sprocket Design Build, Inc.
  • Denver

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