SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 2, 2022 – Drury University Architecture students constructed a shelter like no other at the Revive 66 Campground, a nightly stay campground for the homeless. Now that the shelter is complete, the community is invited to an open house on Wednesday, May 4 from 3:30-5 p.m.
The unique shelter is larger and more accessible than other options; providing space for couples and those using a wheelchair for mobility. Inside the shelter there is a full-sized bed with a custom-built headboard that also serves as storage for solar equipment. Heat provided through an electric radiant floor system is conserved by highly insulated walls, floors and ceiling designs.
“The structure honors the role of community in helping to provide dignity for those that so often encounter the indignities of poverty and homelessness,” said Traci Sooter FAIA, Hammons School of Architecture professor and director of Design-Build Programs. “Through intentional design and the play of light, shadow, color and texture in this small cottage, we hope it will not only provide a warm, safe place to rest, but will welcome and uplift its visitors.”
Drury political science students also contributed to the project, providing parallel research into the negative impact of policies and laws that disadvantage the unsheltered. The design for this project was inspired by Thomas Kinkade’s painting “Christmas Miracle,” featuring the refuge and subtle glow of a warm cabin on a snowy night.
Media Contact: Jasmine Bailey, Director of University Communications and Media Relations – (417) 873-7390 or JBailey012@drury.edu.