Zara’s Center for AIDS-Impacted Youth
Design Workshop (Landscape), Buro Happold (MEP/Environmental) & Langan (Civil)
In March 2020, KSP began a collaboration with the Plutzik Goldwasser Family Foundation to design a new facility for Zara’s Center for AIDS-Impacted Youth. Together with our pro bono partners from Langan, Buro Happold, and Design Workshop, KSP created a new masterplan for the site and has started design work on the first building, a 200-square-meter residence that will provide quarters for the caretaker and volunteers, as well as flexible storage and bathrooms. Construction on this phase is expected to begin in 2021 and will be followed by designing a new main facility building.
In all, the five-acre site will eventually provide capacity for two hundred children and will contain orchards, gardens, playing fields, vocational resources, classrooms, and community spaces. It is designed to be a sustainability model, operating off-the-grid, and relying on local materials and construction labor.