Beginning with three buildings on the site of a semi-rural property, a cluster of new structures was designed to create a village that
would be a Safe Haven for thirty homeless women and children. The buildings foster an impression of home, with a Living Room, a Dining Area converted
from an existing barn, private Bedrooms, spaces for privacy, and a Chapel. The site, designed for the residents' security, includes a working Garden
for mothers and children, a playground, and contemplative spaces.
Hilliard House incorporates many "green" principles in itse design, most specifically the reuse and refurbishment of existing structures whenever possible; minimized construction waste; maximized energy efficiency. The landscaping is composed of indigenous plants to reduce loss through winter, disease and insects while reducing the need for watering and grass cutting. BayScaping also reduces water runoff and helps replenish and cleanse the groundwater.
Environmental Building News,
Feature Story: Sustainable Design, 2000
Inform: Magazine of the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects
Feature Story: Social Responsibility Emergency Shelter, Inc. 1992