Type of facility: Female adolescent treatment center
Project architect: Graham/Meus Architects, Boston
General contractor: Essex Builders, Arlington, Mass.
Completed: July 1994
Size: 10,100 square feet
Total cost: $762,500
Cost per square foot: $75.50
Female teen-agers receiving treatment for abuse deserve an aesthetically pleasing place to stay such as this one, the jury said. A bonus: It was inexpensive, too.
The $762,500 facility contains living and sleeping areas for adolescents whose behavioral problems stem from sexual or physical abuse. The use of simple materials such as glass blocks and cedar shingles provides a consistent statement about stability, sustenance and caring, Ms. Geddis said.
Because the 5.5-acre campus was incorporated into a residential, single-family neighborhood, it was important to blend design with the surrounding buildings.
"This is a wonderful project," Mr. Moon explained. "It invokes feelings of warmth and safety, and supports the facility's mission statement that `somebody cares,"' he said.
The cylindrical porch imitates the image of a welcoming entry into a house, and windows allow natural ventilation to minimize the use of central air conditioning. This project presents an image of "home" to the residents and the community, Ms. Weinstein said.
The building is divided into two wings and three parts. The first floor houses the common living areas and consultation rooms. The second floor is a dormitory setting combining single and double bedrooms. At the intersections of the two wings are a window seat and staff section on the second floor and a lobby on the main floor.
Two small parking lots are adjacent to the facility. The building is set back from and is below the grade of the street, and many trees were preserved. A yellow exterior harmonizes with the campus' other aesthetic images.
"The jury was unanimous in selecting this project for an award," said Mr. Allison. "It truly represents design excellence through its integration of social concerns with functional utility, environmental harmony and design economy."