This masterplan for the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio incorporated plans for multiple new buildings along with renovations to existing buildings to reunify this Westside campus to better serve the needs of children requiring emergency shelter. The masterplan included a new 17,000 s.f. two-story emergency shelter called the Woodlawn Cottage. Also included were a new Gymnasium, an Educational Facility, and a remodeled Arts and Activities Building.
All of these components of the project satisfied the programmatic needs for bedrooms, play spaces, supervisory stations, recreation spaces, and learning spaces, while providing an environment that does not feel institutional to the children. All the buildings were carefully situated within the existing campus using basic sustainable principles to promote activity in exterior spaces and embrace our region’s climate.
These sustainable principles include the adaptive re-use of existing buildings, modulated day lighting, natural ventilation, and building materials and technologies that exceed the standard requirements of international energy codes.