ULI Los Angeles - in coordination with the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti - recently tapped a trio of architecture firms to create conceptual designs for emergency shelter facility's under the "A Bridge Home" program, which is intended to help homeless Angelenos transition into long-term housing.
The three architecture firms - DLR Group, Studio One Eleven, and JFAK Architects - worked with three landscape architecture firms - EPT Design, RELM Studio, and SWA Group - on three different site challenges: a 50-bed site, a 100-bed site, and a 150-bed site.
According to a press release, ULI Los Angeles is currently working with CBRE and Gensler to identify suitable sites in each of the 15 Los Angeles City Council Districts that are owned by government agencies to facilitate the development of these temporary shelter facilities.
The Los Angeles Times reports that each of the three design concepts is intended to cost $1 million or less. Mayor Garcetti's office has budgeted $20 million for shelters in each council district, but after a pilot facility near Union Station wound up costing more than double its $1.3-million budget, concerns have risen over whether or not enough funds will be available.