Connections Housing

Connections Housing

Addressing the Homeless Crisis: Adaptive reuse project houses the less fortunate

DCI Engineers provided the structural engineering for seismic upgrades and extensive renovations to the existing World Trade Center Building in San Diego. The 14-story building is now Connections Housing, a service and residential community facility designed to reduce street homelessness in the downtown area. The project includes 223 transitional housing beds and a B-Occupancy OSHPD 3 Primary Care Community Clinic.

DCI also provided a seismic evaluation, an ASCE 31 Tier 1 Analysis of the existing building, and provided structural engineering for tenant improvements. The tenant improvement scope of work included infilling existing floor openings, adding shear walls at the lower levels, adding fiber wrap (FRP) to the interior core columns, and strengthening/reinforcing deficient beams and footings.

Project Highlights

  • Readapted and updated the office building (originally built in 1927) within 18 months.
  • Facility offers supportive housing, interim housing, healthcare service space, and human service advocacy offices.
Location: 
San Diego, California
Square Feet: 
118,000-SF
Stories: 
14
Primary Material: 
Concrete
Type: 
Structural
Sector: 
Tenant Improvements
Commercial
Residential

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