urban ministries

The Urban Ministries Building included a renovation to an existing building and several additions. An exterior stair was added to the front of the building to provide code compliant egress from the second floor. Another addition was added to the rear of the facility to house offices and a first floor food bank. The existing building was originally designed to be the office portion of a large beer distributer. The adjacent building is a larger building designed with the same materials and design elements as the office structure. Since Urban Ministries bought only the office building, one of their goals was to create their own identity with the additions. Large brick walls were used on two sides of the facility to shield the enclosed spaces from the western sun and the noise of the adjacent highway. The food bank included a small loading dock which was exposed to view from the entrance drive. A built-in planter with grasses and a canopy was utilized to make a common utility space into an attractive space. This project was completed while Dan Huffman, AIA was a principal at Cherry Huffman Architects (now RATIO Architects).