March 13, 2020

Archinect Highlights Modular Restorative Care Village Helps Homeless

A new piece from Archinect highlights the modular design and construction of LAC+USC Restorative Care Village and how it will help Los Angeles’ homeless population when it opens next year.

Through an interview with Dave Hunt, our Southern California Health Practice Leader, the piece highlights how the Restorative Care Village will introduce a new kind of environment to help those with unstable living conditions by taking a comprehensive approach to the interrelated and complex needs of homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, job training/housing, and medical co-morbidity. Dave also specifically focuses on how modular design and construction accelerates how quickly the project can be created to help people.

Located on the Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC) campus, the development will consist of two key components:

  • A four-story Recuperative Care Center with 96 beds to provide immediate placement options for persons being discharged from an inpatient hospital setting who lack a supportive place to live.
  • A 64-bed Residential Treatment Program consisting of four buildings that provide a short-term alternative to hospitalization to address mental health needs.

The full article can be read online. Here’s a key excerpt from the Q+A with Archinect:

CannonDesign’s proposal embraces the use of modular construction. What benefits does this approach capitalize on for this project?

Modular construction is proven to accelerate project delivery, reduce cost and ensure high-quality built solutions. So, there are inherent benefits for any project that embraces modular construction. That said, the dynamic opportunity here is that the homeless population in LA County is so high, and the need so great – modular construction will make the LAC+USC Restorative Care Village a reality sooner as it can reduce the project schedule. It will help people sooner than if it was designed and built in a more traditional manner.

How does modular construction uniquely address the challenges in tackling homelessness?

A clear benefit of modular construction is speed-to-market. Often, speed-to-market translates to accelerated revenue capture, etc. but here it’s really about being able to help people sooner. I would encourage any health system or civic institution seeking an innovative solution to a public health crisis to consider modular construction as it will help those most in need sooner.

How does the design of this facility contribute to the surrounding community?

The LAC+USC Restorative Care Village really shines here. Foremost, this project will help people in LA County dealing with homelessness issues or mental health for generations. That’s a clear community benefit.

But, even more than that, this project is designed as a community asset. The courtyard areas welcome the community in, and it helps residents feel a sense of connectedness. Health is more than just physical well being– where you live and your environment is a major contributor as well. For people who have not had the stability of a home, the Restorative Care Village will be that place for them as they care for their physical and mental health.

We’ve intentionally designed the LAC+USC Restorative Care Village not as a stigmatized place, but a space integrated in its communities for normal life, human experiences, recovery and partnership.

Read the full Archinect article >