The Johnson County Access Center will serve as an accessible, sophisticated resource, ultimately diverting people from jail or the hospital where service incurs substantial taxpayer costs. A portion of the building will flex from a dedicated homeless shelter during the winter to a multi-purpose space during the warmer months. Another segment of the building will house a short-term mental health unit, substance abuse detox, sobering area. The building will also provide offices for law enforcement, first responders, and service providers. This project is an opportunity to responsibly apply good design where it can matter most.
Iowa City, Iowa