Community Architecture

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County

About the Project

The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County (CAC) brings multiple agencies that serve and treat victims of child abuse under one roof.

The shuttered Lincoln Elementary School, constructed in three different phases between the 1930s and 2000s, provided the necessary square footage but not in a layout conducive to CAC’s needs. Through a very concerted space planning effort, large classroom spaces were reconfigured into multiple offices. The old gymnasium was converted into two conference rooms, and the library was transformed into private medical and psychological treatment areas.

Aesthetically connecting the three phases of the building required finding and then emphasizing commonality between them while still maintaining each area’s individual character. This was accomplished by incorporating the original wood trim, cabinetry and chalkboards of the original 1930s classrooms into the new office suites. Using a general paint color unites all areas but allows each area to have its own accents and flooring to distinguish between the spaces for different agencies.

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