Community + Education, Master Planning

801 East Men’s Shelter

The new Shelter on the campus of St. Elizabeth’s Historic District is designed to serve three distinct client groups: Low-Barrier (overnight stays), Workforce, and Seniors/Medically Frail, while also providing respite care and health services. Designed with three wings plus centralized Daytime Service Center and support services, this flagship shelter provides appropriate separation between the client groups, who need distinctive kinds of assistance. The stair towers on each building are illuminated to represent a “beacon of hope” that can be seen from outside of the campus, drawing those to the shelter where safety, dignity and hope are instilled. Complimenting the design, local artists were showcased within the interior common areas. Other unique characteristics include a clothing boutique where new and gently used clothing are freely given to those in need. A teaching barber shop, computer lab, and kitchen to provide much needed job skills.

Developer: District of Columbia – DGS
Location: Washington, D.C.
Beds: 375 + 150 Emergency
Design Period: March 2019 – August 2019
Construction Period: June 2020 – January 2022
Completed: January 2022
Costs: $56 Million
General Contractor: Coakley & Williams and Blue Skye



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Project Details

  • Type:
    Community + Education, Master Planning
  • Location:
    Washington, DC
  • Completed:
    January 2022
  • Expertise:


USGBC National Capital Region
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