Flagstaff Shelter Services, a non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of Flagstaff’s homeless, purchased an existing 5500 square foot warehouse with the intention of renovating the interior to accommodate a change of occupancy to serve as a homeless shelter.

After a bid process for architectural services, the building committee selected and engaged PWMA. These services included, Programming, Design Review, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bid Phase Services and Construction Observation for a building renovation project.

Value Engineering during the design process involved maximizing the capacity, while minimizing the scope of work. It became feasible to minimize the footprint of the floor area where most of the work took place, freeing up a large flexible area for dining and sleeping. Furthermore adding a mezzanine over the finished space, ie restrooms, provided storage space. Using the existing fire wall to maintain separation of occupancies, proved efficient.