Architecture & Interior Design

Project Cares

Project Cares provides sanctuary, support, and resources for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Pittsburgh. The facility will enable individuals greater self-sufficiency on their path to a safe and secure quality of life. The design is the result of an unprecedented collaboration among stakeholders representing more than a dozen entities including local healthcare, government, public safety, social services, NGO, and professional services (design & construction) organizations.

Project Team


​Nick Doichev, AIA
Senior Vice President - Architectural Design/Principal and Corporate Commercial Market Practice Leader


Anthony Lucarelli, AIA
Higher Education Practice Leader
Project Cares Pittsburgh Nonprofit
Interior Design
Construction Administration
Completion Date
Summer 2022
Project Size
42,000 SF
Project Cost
$15 Million

The goal is to establish consensus from a broad spectrum of stakeholders for a year-round “low barrier” shelter with wrap-around services to address the myriad and complex issues confronting people experiencing homelessness. The space needs to enable greater self-sufficiency on an individual’s path to a safe and secure quality of life while ultimately reducing chronic homelessness in Pittsburgh.   

DLA+ facilitated an intensive design process using a “workshop” format to coordinate the input of stakeholders with consensus around a vision for a successful project. Among the drivers of design and the delivery of services are dignity, personal control, security and privacy, harm reduction, flexibility, trauma informed care and design and flexibility. Project Cares functions and services include the following key components:

  • Intake: customary coordinated entry functions to accept clients.
  • Client Services: including Case Management to assess the needs and navigate to appropriate resources, and Supportive Services as a small clinic for health and mental health consultation.
  • Drop-in Center: offering personally hygiene and client services to individuals experiencing homelessness but who are not staying at the facility.
  • Congregate Sleeping & Hygiene Center: 92 beds in group sleeping rooms with appropriate personal hygiene facilities.
  • Community Space and Amenities: commons area including lounges, a library and computer room, lounges, kitchen, dining and outdoor space.
  • SRO’s:  43 single room occupancy units to facilitate transition to independent housing.

These accommodations result in a facility of approximately 42,000 gross square feet which will be assembled on the Second Avenue site.