As part of an effort to provide a centrally located facility for veterans, a new free standing veteran’s resource center was designed by Phillips|Sekanick Architects. The new 7,300 square foot facility, located in the central business district of Warren, OH, includes office areas and meeting space as well as dedicated storage in a single story facility that focuses on serving the needs of Trumbull County Veterans.
The VSC (Veterans Services Commission) was previously housed in a facility it shared with the county’s offices of Job and Family Services. Located on the second floor of the facility, the location was neither convenient nor easily accessible. As part of a plan developed by Phillips|Sekanick Architects, the new structure was designed to not only create a facility to properly recognize the service of Trumbull County Veterans, but also one that addressed the specific needs of the organization. The design focused on providing a secure, accessible and low maintenance facility while at the same time, addressing issues of parking and the urban fabric of the downtown. Referencing material from adjacent structures, the building provides infill in an effort to repair the void created by the ongoing demolitions of older, unused structures.
By addressing the programming needs of the Veterans Services Commission, the new resource center provides a facility that is both functional and inviting. The project addressed the needs of the owner while at the same time, helped elevate the significance of architecture in the historic downtown.