The Pacific Centre Family Services Association’s key design goal was to create a welcoming and safe environment for clients. Inside there are private easy-to-find entries and clear wayfinding and multi-directional exits. Its two floors are connected by a bridge over a courtyard to reduce the building’s mass and provide a residential appearance.
On the outside, the wood frame building has expansive gable roofs that recall both First Nations longhouses and 20th century bungalows. Cedar siding and exposed fir timbers were used to celebrate the local tradition of craftsmanship and extensive landscaping helps create an atmosphere of safety, beauty and tranquility.