Oculus Inc. provided designs for building expansion
IMPACT Strategies, a full-service general contracting company, has completed renovations to Covenant House’s Wellness Center in St. Louis. Designed by Oculus Inc., a full-service architecture and interior design firm, the remodeling of an existing area within the building created space for a waiting room, a new therapy group area, a large common area, an intake office, and two exam rooms for Covenant House Missouri, which is dedicated to serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth between the ages of 16-24 in the city of St. Louis.
“IMPACT Strategies and Oculus were amazing to work with,” said Jessica Erfling, CEO of Covenant House. “Oculus listened to us and captured what the needs of the space were so well. Impact Strategies made this the cleanest job site I have ever encountered. Together, they accomplished it all on time, under budget and with no disruption to our operations.”
The project team engaged CI Select to select and source furniture and materials that would help to minimize furnishing costs. These areas were furnished with comfortable new seating, tables, storage for organization and therapy tools and desks for workspaces. Each space in the new Wellness Center was designed with the safety, comfort and care of Covenant House’s youth in mind.
“Partnering with organizations like Covenant House and being able to provide the expertise they require to continue their services is a great honor for IMPACT Strategies,” said Nick Walker, AIA, vice president of project development & strategy. “IMPACT Strategies believes that we are better together and that building up our communities together provides success and growth for all.”
Covenant House Missouri provides transformative solution to guide them from homelessness to hope through outreach, residential services, educational programs, job training and placement, medical services and mental health counseling. Covenant House Missouri’s goal is to help every youth find stable housing and move them towards an independent, sustainable future. The renovated Wellness Center will allow the organization to accommodate an increased need in services, which is up over 30% since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the community in March.
“Our team listened to the mission of Covenant House and the vision they had for this space,” said Ali Summerford, NCIDQ, RID, LEED ID&C, EDAC, interior design director at Oculus Inc. “We worked together with them and IMPACT Strategies to create a calming space that is warm and welcoming. It has been a rewarding experience knowing that our work could help align the environment of Covenant House with the care that the youth they serve needs.”
For more information about the new Wellness Center, visit covenanthousemo.org/wellness-center
About IMPACT Strategies
IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. BuildwithIMPACT.com or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.
About Oculus Inc.
Oculus Inc. delivers comprehensive Architecture, Interior Design, Planning and Move Management services with a driving aesthetic to Connect | Shape | Move people, experiences, sensibilities and spaces. Oculus creates high-performance design that supports change and promotes value for clients in the Commercial, Education, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, Restaurant and Workplace industries. Oculus has offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Ore., is WBE-certified and is regularly cited in top industry rankings for architecture and design. Oculusinc.com.
About Covenant House Missouri
Covenant House Missouri openly accepts youth experiencing homelessness between the ages of 16- 24. We provide transformative solutions to guide them from homelessness to hope through outreach, residential services, educational programs, job training and placement, medical services, and mental health counseling. Ultimately, Covenant House Missouri’s goal is that every youth finds stable housing and moves towards an independent, sustainable future. Learn more at covenanthousemo.org or contact Colleen Daum – Director of Advancement, Covenant House Missouri, firstname.lastname@example.org – 314-934-2330