program: 30,000 SF community center in Chicago pursuing LEED NC Silverpartner: 1% Program status: currentDemoiselle 2 Femme [D2F] was founded in 1994 as a community based program committed to serving adolescent females ages 13-19 in their transition toward womanhood. D2F has developed more than 2,000 young ladies in the city of Chicago, as well as the south suburbs, who are committed to becoming successful contributors to society by avoiding at-risk behaviors as a strategy for success.The H.O.P.E. Center [Honor Opportunity Purpose Endurance] will serve as a community based institution which provides gender specific programming to increase the proportion of girls ages 12-18 who complete high school and matriculate to post secondary education; increase the proportion of girls who avoid teen pregnancy, drugs, violence and alcohol; and increase the number of girls who respect their community and are positive contributors to society. The principles of H.O.P.E. are integrated into programmatic activities and development sessions which fortify the bonds of personal achievement and social responsibility. The building will utilize green technology and include a library, quiet room, technology center, science lab, dining hall, gymnasium, exercise facility, state of the art kitchen, theater, art studio, art gallery, dance studios, offices, classrooms, and multiple rehearsal rooms.
LATENT DESIGN worked through the 1% Program of Public Architecture to provide capital campaign materials for D2F and developed a feasible program, budget and preliminary timeline for the organizations. The images, information and marketing materials created helped raise the first funds required for the project and also elicit enthusiasm and backing from the local politicians and community