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The Amazon office dedicated eight floors to Mary’s Place, a nonprofit that supports families experiencing homelessness.

The Amazon office dedicated eight floors to Mary’s Place, a nonprofit that supports families experiencing homelessness.
In collaboration with Amazon, Graphite Design Group designed Mary’s Place Family Center, a nonprofit supporting families experiencing homelessness. The center provides emergency housing and services to families inside the downtown Seattle Amazon office building.
The unusual location for services of this kind serves over 300 people per day. Mary’s Place spreads across eight of the office’s floors—all designed by Graphite—testing the status quo for its experimental approach to homelessness support.
Each floor provides various services and amenities for the sheltered:
 
While designing the center, Graphite invited Mary’s Place staff to contribute ideas to best support guests. The group brainstormed words, images, and scenarios that eventually helped craft the space into a community-serving shelter.
Mary’s Place Family Center was also recognized at the AIA Seattle Honor Awards and the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards for its novel approach to urban development. Graphite believes the project acts as a model for how other cities can activate underutilized space to answer larger urban housing challenges while balancing growth and social equity.
On the Building Team:
Owner: Amazon, Global Real Estate and Facilities team and Mary’s Place
Developer: Seneca Group
Architect: Graphite Design Group
Structural/Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Electrical/Acoustic Engineer: Stantec
Mechanical/Energy Design: WSP
GC: GLY Construction
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