New Day Advocacy Center
Originally a grocery store in the 1960’s, it was first renovated into an office building for Ashland county, then vacated and operated as rental office spaces for smaller companies until purchased by Northwoods Women, Inc., who operate the New Day Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization aiding survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The building was divided into 3 spaces: Designer’s Outlet (large retail space), tenant office spaces, and NDAC (shelter). The shelter was the main component of the project and provides temporary, emergency housing to those in need of a safe place with 7 private client bedrooms, a large community room, and meeting and office spaces for administration. The existing layout of the building was utilized as much as possible but remodeled to meet new functional needs. New finishes were installed throughout and upgrades were made to mechanical and electrical systems, including the installation of a new security system and solar panels on the roof. The parking lot and driveways on site were revised to better suit the needs of the building tenants and a green space, with an enclosed playground, was added for the clients of the shelter.