Bellevue Men's Shelter
The Bellevue Men’s Shelter, also known as the 30th Street Shelter, is an intake, assessment, and general population shelter for homeless men located on East 30th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive. The Capital Project Scope Development (CPSD) project, represents a unique opportunity for the staff, the homeless, and the city to renew and to optimize the facility’s services.
View From 30th Street and 1st Avenue
The New 30th provides a vision for the complete transformation of the physical space at the Bellevue Men’s Shelter to provide a clean, safe, durable, and flexible environment, enlivened by meaningful and productive programming and services, and strengthened through positive links to the surrounding community.
There are very few public services, retail or activated streetscapes along 1st Avenue in the Kip’s Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, which is dominated by large institutional campuses. The project plans to recreate the western courtyard and adjacent interior space on 1st Avenue for public and community uses, softening the institutional identity, and better serving the neighborhood.
New Entry Axon
Existing Building Programmatic Section
Proposed Building Programmatic Section
At present, the use and divisional organization of the building is complex and disordered, having evolved over years with piecemeal changes. We have re-organized the program to improve the experience for clients and staff, increasing space efficiency and to permit new uses such as staff lounges and client services. The bathrooms are now all stacked and consolidated, with new updated plumbing service. Each division’s offices and services are located in the central wing to increase potential positive interaction with clients, simplify security patrols, and improve wayfinding order.
Optimize Division Programs Diagram
The program at Bellevue is divided into 10 divisions that serve specific functions. Each division has various uses and operational needs. In an effort to improve program organization, we addressed missing and insufficient program and inefficient adjacencies.
In an effort to add order and optimize adjacencies for mutual benefit, and increase efficiency, we have reorganized program building wide. Added entrances to permit the separation of different building users, increase security and control, and make circulation more intuitive.
Ground Floor Plan
The proposed ground floor plan creates 11,500 sf of space for public community use, and splits the staff entry from three new entries, configured to improve security conditions and reduce exterior entry lines.
View From 30th St North Facade of new Intake Entries
Our vision aspires to advance shelter design and best practices, offering a dignified experience for staff, homeless, and the community, to reduce the duration of homelessness.The project was performed in close coordination with DDC, DHS, and MOO, and ultimately submitted to OMB.