Imani Village is a collaboration between Catholic Housing Services and First Place School, an organization that supports families coping with homelessness thru education and housing services.
Located in Squire Park, the project serves as permanent housing for families within our community who have been experiencing homelessness. At the grand opening, Architect Rico Quirindongo and Landscape Architect Audrey West couldn't help but be deeply touched by the performance of First Place students singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as they passed out 'keys' to all those who attended the much anticipated Grand Opening.
This innovative transitional housing project includes vine screened landscaped courtyards, a community room with amphitheater courtyard, a variety of play areas for children including a play structure bordering the rain garden that provides opportunities for nature play. Sustainable strategies include a green screen perimeter, a linear bioswale and rain garden system, pervious recycled rubber playground surfacing, and a rooftop photovoltaic solar system. The project was certified for both Built Green 4-star and the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard, and met Seattle Green Factor requirements using a plant palette of low allergen and predominantly native plants.
(As Managing Principal of Nakano Associates)