The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh creates a Sanctuary environment to help women and children to recover from the trauma of intimate partner violence. Women and children seek shelter and supportive services within the facility in order to begin a new life. The Sanctuary Environment emphasizes clear circulation with continuous connection to natural light, symbolic use of colors and natural materials, and programs that provide a range of private to social spaces with clear transitions between each to allow for the safe restoration of trust amongst the women and children.
The Chatham Lantern provides a connection through campus inspired by the historical gas lamps guiding the way. Mellon and Anderson Hall were once connected as a single building with limited access. The project provides a new entry to the dining hall and pass through to the main campus quad areas.