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Tuesday, October 9, 2018  |  4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Healthcare for the Homeless Houston: A Beacon for a vulnerable population

Joan Albert
Principal, Page
Kurt Neubek, FAIA, LEED AP, EDAC
Principal / Architect, Page
Frances E. Isbell, M.A.
Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare for the Homeless Houston

Providing healthcare services for homeless populations is an urban issue across the country. Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston provides these much needed services and was in need of a new location. A site in midtown Houston, near the Greyhound bus station and close to other services, made the 1950's Seafarers’ building the perfect choice for the location, if not the ideal building. At first glance it did not have enough square footage for their needs and was too close to an adjacent restaurant’s front door. Significant construction work was necessary to make it fit their needs: constructing a vibrant green entry / pedestrian cover / way-finding element; capturing under-building parking area for their administration suite; moving the entry and removing slab to create a three-story space which provided a welcome lobby, three story wall for graphics and security view; opening the exterior wall for natural light; and extensive studies of exam rooms to be friendly but highly secure for physicians.



1. Examining the major architectural and structural moves made to transform a simple box to a beacon for dignity and healthcare for the homeless.
2. Show multiple patient room studies that promoted optimum safety for physicians, and also comfort and a calming environment for the patient population.
3. Distinguish the design and planning elements that could provide guidance for similar homeless and behavioral health clinics.
4. Identify design elements that specifically address unique issues, like expanded waiting for food dispense, additional charging stations, hygiene area.

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH