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St. John’s Homeless Shelter

Green Bay, Wisconsin

This project restored an existing downtown vacated structure of historical significance to the citizens of Green Bay.  The new facility provides room to sleep for 50 guests. It is open daily from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. from November 1st through April 30th each year.  The adaptive/reuse of the building is “green” and therefore, afforded the owner a significant savings.  The energy costs have been cut by 35% and the character of a well-designed, 77 year old school had been preserved for many generations to come.

During the 4-month project we undertook the hazardous material abatement inherent with working with old heating systems, replacement of the old windows making it more energy efficient, the facility got a new roof, the electrical and HVAC systems were updated and a sprinkler system was added to bring the building up to compliance with state safety codes.  A handicap ramp was added to comply with ADA requirements. A new Women’s sleeping quarters was built. The bathroom and shower spaces have been remodeled which added additional toilets, sinks, urinals and showers. There have been new locker rooms added and a laundry room. Also, part of the existing school was remodeled so that it can potentially accommodate a daytime warming shelter.

This project won an AGC Build Wisconsin Award.

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