Day center becomes Vancouver Navigation Center

first_imgVancouver’s day center has a new name to go with its new look. The day-use facility for homeless, located in the former Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife building, will be known as the Vancouver Navigation Center.“Navigation Center is a more up-and-coming way to help folks who are homeless, it helps them navigate from the streets to housing services,” said Peggy Sheehan, Vancouver’s community and economic development programs manager.The day center will use 5,000 square feet of the 26,578-square-foot building at 2018 Grand Blvd., purchased by the city for $4.3 million last year.Construction got underway three weeks ago, and things are progressing unusually quickly for a project of this size.Michael Parshall, principal with Woodblock Architecture, attributes the speed to unwavering support from community partners. The Portland-based firm began drawing plans earlier this summer and has donated about $50,000 in services so far.Now, most of the plumbing and stud work is completed for six new showers and bathrooms, as well as a laundry facility that will feature six sets of washers and dryers.“Most of our work is actually in this area,” said Kris Simensen, director of construction for James E. John, which is providing pro bono construction services.last_img

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