Avalon Carver Community Center


Type:  Community Center

Client Served:  Jamico Elder, Executive Director of ACCC; the residents of south la

Partners and Collaborators:  Home at last

Location:  Los Angeles, CA


We are currently in Phase 2 of a feasibility study and fundraising package for Avalon Carver Community Center in South LA where we are collaborating with the Executive Director, Jamico Elder, to renovate and re-envision the center. We want to make sure that the amazing and inspiring work done there is reflected in the physical appearance of the building as well. Avalon Carver has been such an imperative part of this community for such a long time and has grown and adapted with it, accommodating the changing needs of the local population throughout the past 7 decades.  It is now going through another transition of growth and is refocusing its space and its services to directly correlate to the needs of the local community. This includes adding new programs such as a STEM school program, meals for the elderly, a temporary/transitional shelter for Transitional Age Youth (T.A.Y.) homeless individuals, and potentially permanent supportive housing.  

Team:  David Roselle (Lead), Sara Loy (Lead), Jim Sarratori, Kirill Volchinskiy, David Wachtel, Catherine Hernandez, Jordania Moore, Tyree Bailey, Juliana Bellonby, Katherine Williams, Jonnathan Padilla, Taryn Bone, Sarah Barrios, Nathan Cooke, Bryant Leung, Jesus Camacho, Sophia Chou, Marisa Kurtzman, Shona Sen, Roger Perez, Stefanie Dhillon, Alexa Vallejo, Andrei Rachko, Daniel Garcia (Engineers Without Borders)


Throughout Phase One we worked in close collaboration with Jamico Elder, the Executive Director of ACCC, to discover as much as we could about the history of Avalon Carver and his vision of it's future. This included many inspiring conversations where we learned about the rich history of the Center and it's role in the community throughout the decades.  We also learned about Jay's dream for Avalon Carver as a central hub of support and inspiration for the community members.  


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OACLA believes in the value of community involvement throughout the planning and design process. Therefore we have started Phase Two of the project by conducting interviews with leaders of the community in order to get their input and make sure their vision for the community comes through in the design. Later in the phase, we will open up the conversation to include the community at large, an invaluable part of the process that we are really looking forward to.