Harley Ellis Devereaux Receives Green Project of the Year Award


DETROIT — Harley Ellis Devereaux, one of the nation’s most experienced full service architecture and engineering firms, received the Green Project of the Year award from the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) for their sustainable design work on the Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS) located in Southwest Detroit. The project is anticipating LEED NC Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The center’s two-story facility transforms the visual landscape of West Fort Street and helps foster the economic vitality of the neighborhood. The first floor is organized around a large, two-story waiting space and child’s play area. The central waiting space is flanked on one side by 26 exam rooms, four procedure rooms, and support spaces and on the other side by a pharmacy, a dental suite, and a Women/Infant/Children Clinic. In addition to administrative offices and support space, the second floor includes an indoor walking track, a demonstration kitchen for nutritional education, community gathering space and a large conference area. The site is designed to accommodate dedicated space for “Market Days” where fresh, affordable produce is sold by local vendors. 

“Designing this sustainable facility will greatly reduce the long term maintenance and operational costs,” said Joe Furwa, project architect at Harley Ellis Devereaux. “After a decade long capital campaign, CHASS has realized its dream of a new medical home that will enable the organization to expand both primary care and wellness services in a setting that honors and respects the individuals and families it serves.”