This building is unlike any other apartment complex ever built, it is specifically designed to support our military families who have served or are serving in the active or reserve component. The whole bottom floor of this building is dedicated to developing a supportive environment for our veterans. There will be a communal kitchen where families can cook and dine together or support each other by having meals ready for that single parent rushing home from work to take their child to an extracurricular activity. There will be a private office where veterans can meet volunteer counselors to discuss the many challenges of transitioning from military to civilian life. An open computer lab where veterans can help each other with the necessary documentation to obtain veteran’s services, help each other with further education, or help/mentor kids that may need help with school, sports, or just simple encouragement and guidance. There is a reason why military installations have on base housing it provides the unique support structure needed by our military families. This will not just be an apartment building, it will recreate that support structure allowing our military families to continue to thrive, just as they did while serving.
The design concept for the complex will implement a two-pronged solution. First, the project will address the much needed redevelopment of the Amsterdam urban landscape by merging it with the built environment. Second, with the use of unique building forms and innovative materials, the project will serve as an example of modern, sustainable building that reflects Amsterdam’s vibrant past and portrays its dynamic future.
The complex will transform a series of vacant lots in the heart of the city, providing a vital resource to the often under-served military veteran's, and first responder's, community while simultaneously revitalizing the historic urban fabric.