Devoe II offers 50 low-income studio apartments, along with common areas and outdoor space, to veterans and other homeless individuals at Catholic Community Services’ Drexel House campus in Olympia.
Veterans indicated that light, air, and ventilation were huge priorities for them. To address these needs, the apartments include as many windows as possible – at least two per unit – as well as ceiling fans. Common areas incorporate very wide corridors and emphasize lines of sight, so that residents will always have views in and out of rooms. Case management rooms feature views to the hallway as well as to the outdoors.
Outdoor spaces include a dog run, to accommodate veterans’ service animals; and a loop walking path around the entire campus, including a pedestrian bridge across a central pond, to offer opportunities for exercise and fresh air. Residents also have access to a garden space, a large covered patio, and a lawn for recreational activities. The street frontage features a series of flagpoles for each of the five Armed Services branches.
- Client: Catholic Community Services of Western Washington / Catholic Housing Services
- Location: Olympia, WA
- Year of Completion: 2017
- Project Size: 50 studio apartments + common areas and outdoor space
- Type: Multi-Family Housing