Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) Shelter


When Livingston Slone designed the original AWAIC facility in 1983, it was the first women’s crisis facility in the United States designed and built specifically as a multi-unit residential shelter for victims of domestic violence as well as a counseling center for the offenders; thereby requiring that the facility accommodate both the perpetrators and the victims of domestic violence while ensuring no contact between the two groups. The public portion of the facility contains offices, counseling and therapy rooms and meeting spaces. The residential space included common areas, bedrooms, and a common kitchen and dining area.

LSI designed AWAIC’s Harmony House Transitional Residence and Office Addition, providing additional residence space intended as a “next step” from shelter to independence. The facility includes individual bedrooms with baths and shared common areas, including a kitchen and living areas. Bedrooms with individual bathrooms, as well as common areas, provide both privacy and socialization.

Subsequent LSI projects for AWAIC included the conceptual design for the Teen Center addition. LSI donated design and budgeting services to assist AWAIC with obtaining grants from Rasmuson Foundation and other sources for this project. One year after construction was completed, LSI completed a walk-through of the residence, office addition and Teen Center, creating a list of warranty items for required corrections within the one-year warranty period.

Most recently, on a pro-bono basis, LSI partnered with Engineers without Borders to design a 900 SF storage facility to be built on AWAIC’s campus.