Studio One Eleven

New Hope Bellflower Shelter

Location: Bellflower, CA
Client: Howard CDM, City of Bellflower
Type: Housing
Size: 18,370 SF Building Area, 9,540 SF Shelter Occupancy
In just five months, designer Studio One Eleven, builder Howard CDM, City of Bellflower, and Mercy House created social services with 50 beds.

The self-certification process radically compressed cost and timeline, and a purposeful design intends to instill a sense of comfort for the residents.

Along with builder and developer Howard CDM and the City of Bellflower, Studio One Eleven outfitted an existing Butler Building (empty warehouse) with a self-supporting stucture, a metal stud infill. The New Hope Bellflower Temporary Shelter was complete after just 12 weeks of construction and five months of planning, from idea to opening. Providing social services is Mercy House.

The conventional warehouse at 8833 Cedar Street was an empty shell that now accommodates free-standing rooms and offices. The building’s ceiling is exposed at the intake/lobby and dining area to create vaulted ceilings. New storefront windows and skylights flood the center with natural light. The metal stud infill allows for very swift construction. The team used “self-certification” to speed approvals by making the architect of record Studio One Eleven and the contractor Howard CDM responsible for city approvals while working closely with inspectors.

Homeless and transitional housing centers in Los Angeles County can take up to three years to permit and two years or more to construct. This team for New Hope created new ways to build a drastically needed shelter in record time. Each entity contributed to the solutions. This approach – especially self-certification – can now become a model for other cities.

Even though Bellflower is in Los Angeles County, the project was in response to a local survey showing significant resident concern about the homeless issue and several discussions with U.S. District Judge David O. Carter who has been instrumental in creating solutions to the public health crisis of homelessness in Orange County. The self-certification process allows licensed design professionals to expedite the issuance of building permits. It provides the same discretionary Planning Department oversight as more traditional processes, but it allows the contractor and builder to work creatively in the field to ensure that the approved project meets State and Local Building Code requirements. The self-certification process is relatively new and the city looked to larger cities such as Chicago that successfully use self-certification.

The New Hope shelter features art inside and out. The exterior mural was designed by Studio One Eleven and painted by muralist Ivan Preciado. To see behind the scenes of the painting of the mural, Preciado created this short video: Watch Video

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