To enhance the mission at the Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a nonprofit family crisis center developed for the purpose of ending domestic violence and sexual assault, there was a critical need to expand and enrich their existing child care program. A new two-story, free-standing structure was designed to meet this need. The 20,500 SF facility will be capable of providing services for over 200 at-risk children per day and will be located on a portion of the 4.1-acre site directly adjacent to the existing shelter. The Bridge For Kids will provide a safe and secure environment offering specialized, trauma-informed childcare to foster recovery and healing for both the child and their family.
The main floor was designed around nine (9) classrooms for children ranging from infant through pre-teen. Each classroom has natural light and provides direct access to an exterior, age-appropriate, protected playground and exercise area. Additional amenities include a secure entrance, clinic, kitchen, flexible activity room, toilets and storage. The upper level is accessible through controlled access and houses service areas for the staff, advocates, clients, and family service coordinators. Amenities include offices, evaluation areas, toilets, conference rooms, a breakroom and multipurpose spaces for various groups associated with the shelter.
Integrated aesthetics and branding will not only assist with wayfinding, but provide inspirational statements with graphics that evoke safe and calming environments. Site improvements make use of existing parking, but also provide additional parking, service drives, landscaping with irrigation and walkways to connect the Children’s Center with the adjacent shelter and long-term housing units. The Bridge For Kids will provide the environment where the most current and fully integrated knowledge about trauma can be implemented through policies, procedures, practices and proven methods to ensure children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.