Children's Institute, Inc. Otis Booth Campus

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Children's Institute, Inc. Otis Booth Campus | Notes of Interest

The adaptive reuse of three industrial buildings created the headquarters for a non-profit organization that assists children and families exposed to violence.

The campus is split by an alley with the north site focusing on preschool and early childhood services and the south site anchored around a community center offering educational programs (art, technology, nutrition, and after-school) as well as counseling services.

Therapy rooms are dispersed around community spaces to make visits an everyday, rather than clinical, experience. This innovative strategy deinstitutionalizes the services’ traditional delivery and builds trust in a neighborhood in need of both counseling and community programs.

On a tight budget ($10.5 million), the design provides required amenities that also add a sense of identity and welcome. A key part of the process was re-thinking program organization to reveal opportunities for creative and collaborative community engagement.

Additional Credit

Accoustical: VSA N Associates
Engineers: John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.; KMA Consulting; KPFF Consulting Engineers
Environmental Graphics: Newsom Design
General Contractor: Swinerton
Geotechnical: Geotechnologies, Inc.
Hardware: Finish Hardware Technology
Landscaping: Nancy Goslee Power & Associates
Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Signage: Newsom Design
Specifications: Specifications West, LLC
Waterproofing: IRC Waterproofing

Photo Credit

© Eric Staudenmaier

Children's Institute, Inc. Otis Booth Campus

Jury Comments

An excellent example of adaptive re-use, this project creates a safe place for families exposed to violence.

The spatial zone between the north portion of the project for families and pre-school, and the southern portion dedicated to the community center, therapy and education programs is well considered, effectively serving to open the building to natural light and interactive activities.

2012 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture Jury

  • Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, Chair
  • CMB Architects
  • Akron
  • Robert Allen, Jr., AIA
  • Metalhouse
  • Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Mark Jensen, AIA
  • Jensen Architects
  • San Francisco
  • David Lenox, AIA
  • University Architect/Dir. Campus Planning
  • Stanford University
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Erick S. Ragni, AIA
  • MaRS Architects
  • Houston

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