A nonprofit that provides assistance and services to homeless people in Hollywood is getting a reimagined headquarters thanks to a class of Cal Poly Pomona landscape architecture students.
The students of Landscape Architecture Professor James Becerra’s were tasked with redesigning the entrance and patio area of The Center at Blessed Sacrament, which offers group activities; classes for building interpersonal relationships; legal, nursing and transportation services; and more.
The students have been working since January on their designs and presented them to the center’s board of directors on May 6.
Eric Tran and Brett Wininger, students in Becerra’s Landscape Architecture 402 class, envision a number of improvements in their presentation, including a seating area containing benches made of recycled wood, concrete tables that would double as boards for games of chess or checkers, vine-covered walls and an enclosed gardening area.
Michael Ayala and Nick Aceves, on the other hand, have a vision that includes diagonally-checkered concrete surfaces, raised planter beds and picnic tables.
Becerra says that if the board of directors likes what it sees, one of the designs could become a reality.