In 1992, Washtenaw County voters approved a millage that funded a new, publicly visible building for SafeHouse Center. A3C was selected to design a facility to support the Domestic Violence Protection’s (DPV) entire program which encompassed administration, training and education, children’s programs, and a shelter for up to 50 adults and children.
Over 100 people participated in the planning process, among them staff and board members, volunteers, the county architect, and the sheriff’s department. The facility meets the challenge of combining a public building with a private and secure dwelling. Three connected buildings, each with its own program: housing, daycare and office/meeting space, are clustered around a courtyard define DVP’s new home. In October 2003, SafeHouse began providing sexual assault services to survivors of sexual assault who live and work in Washtenaw County.