The primary design theme for the DePaul City Center project was to provide a centralized Clubhouse in the City of Rochester for DePaul’s consumers. The consumers essentially become members of the Clubhouse, and the project’s design strived to create a playful and visually entertaining series of internal spaces that individuals would look forward to coming to for work, services and social interaction with other members.
The existing one-story DePaul Operation Friendship on Mt. Hope Avenue was demolished, and a two-story addition was created adjacent to an existing warehouse building to house the main Clubhouse area and future offices. The two-story warehouse building was renovated into the main lobby, office and administrative areas, and also contains the relocated DePaul T-Shirt Factory program. An exterior “urban garden” courtyard for consumers was created between the two buildings facing Mt. Hope Avenue.
City Center represents DePaul’s commitment to centralizing services and augmenting its continuum of care by providing social support and services, clinical and residential programs, and vocational services, which had been previously offered by the DePaul Clubhouse, DePaul’s T-Shirt Factory, WorkGuide, the DePaul Continuing Day Treatment program and DePaul’s Supported Housing program in multiple locations. The center offers a broad spectrum of personalized options from which consumers can choose. Individuals can work on getting a job, see their therapist and enjoy social interactions if they wish. With City Center, they do not have to be enrolled in five different programs, all on different sides of the city. Also, the options for services they select at City Center can change with the needs of the individual.
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