The new home for CASA Latina, a non-profit provider of services to the Latino immigrant community in Seattle, is a multi-purpose facility housing a hiring hall, classrooms, meeting rooms and a “living room” for their growing constituency. Since 1996, CASA has supported families and workers with ESL classes, women’s groups, and a wage claim clinic as well as access to employment. An existing 6,000 SF building was renovated in the first phase of the project to house offices and a temporary hiring hall for the day-labor function. In the second phase, a new 10,000 SF building was built on an adjacent site. Together, the two buildings form the CASA Latina campus and include some expanded program elements such as a café and storefront retail.
The design includes a hill climb between the two buildings with a small plaza at street level. There is ample space for art, landscaping and community gatherings . A key attribute of the buildings is flexibility, for as CASA grows, their home will have to accommodate expanded programs and new challenges.
JA worked with multiple ethnic groups, City of Seattle and State of Washington to produce a solution that enhanced the neighborhood and fostered community friendships.
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