The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center is the only certified domestic violence program in the Purchase Area Development District which includes Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken counties. The current facility is too small to meet the housing needs of the existing 24 clients, and will be relocating to a larger facility.
REB Architects analyzed three existing properties to be renovated per the crisis center’s needs, and also designed an all-inclusive, new construction building on the existing property. Pictured above is a color-coded floor plan displaying the residential, communal, and administrative areas, an exterior rendering, and an interior rendering. This 16,700 square foot, one-story building was designed with the ability to be completed in phases, where the administrative offices could remain in the existing building, and be added onto the new building once additional funding was acquired. The new facility featured separate play areas for pre-teen and teens, quiet areas, computer rooms, and exercise and laundry areas. The construction would feature energy efficient design to reduce energy use.
The chosen site was previously used by the McCracken County Public Schools and includes eight large buildings. Due to limited funding, this project will be completed in phases, and is currently in the construction document process of phase 1. At this time, three of the eight buildings will be renovated to provide a 36-bed residential building, a large administrative building including a full commercial kitchen, and an outreach office building. Two of the other buildings on site will soon be renovated to provide mental health, substance abuse, and therapeutic clinics. Pictured above are the existing buildings that will be renovated for the relocation of the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center.