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Local relief services are struggling to meet the needs of a growing number of homeless and at-risk residents. The Springs Rescue Mission (SRM) master plan is a comprehensive plan to provide for these current and future needs through a mission of dignity. The services provided on the campus range from emergency and relief amenities, to rehabilitative housing allowing residents to transition to a healthy and independent life.
The condition and size of the existing facilities inhibits the ability of the mission to efficiently function and creates problematic circulation patterns of homeless clients with recovering men, volunteers, and staff. The master plan separates the critical circulation paths and creates an aspirational progression from the immediate relief side of the site across to rehabilitation services. Through a collaborative process with the client, the final master plan encourages SRM to expand its programs and serve the community of Colorado Springs at a capacity that was not possible before.
The master plan repurposes existing buildings onsite to reduce costs and builds 52,000 square feet of new buildings, which include a day center, a 200-bed shelter, and an expanded kitchen and dining area. To create a vision of the completed campus, RTA developed architectural renderings that reflect regionally-appropriate and efficient architecture and embody SRM’s mission of dignity and service.