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Nashville Youth Opportunity Center

Manuel Zeitlin Architects worked for almost 3 years with the Oasis Center, Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS), Kids on the Block, the Nashville Career Advancement Center, Nashville Prevention Partnership, United Neighborhood Health Services and 5 other not-for-profit organizations to design their new home spanning three floors in the Midtown Millworks (former Duck Head Clothing) building in Nashville.

The 35,000 s.f. "Nashville Youth Opportunity Center" functions as headquarters for each of these youth-based non profits and offers job assistance, clinical counseling, education support, college counseling, youth leadership opportunities, and even a youth run business. The program also houses Oasis' transitional living center named the "Harwell Lofts" - a 10 bed intermediary residential facility for youth - and provides the area's only drop-in center for homeless kids. The project uses many "green" features including geothermal heating and cooling, energy star appliances, low/no VOC paints and finishes, use of day lighting in almost all occupied spaces, low flow plumbing fixtures, and recycled, renewable and regional content in building materials. The project was recognized at the February 28, 2009 opening by many local officials including Mayor Karl Dean, and designated as the first "Promise Center" in the USA by America's Promise Alliance.

Photos by Caroline Allison