EDWINS Second Chance Life Skills Center

Cleveland, Ohio
Project Description

Bialosky is the architect of the EDWINS Second Chance Life Skills Center and campus master planning for the non-profit EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. A nonprofit organization, the institute gives recently incarcerated men and women access to a culinary education and training in a high-end French restaurant. Since opening in late 2013, EDWINS has produced over 100 graduates, with almost 100% job placement rate - prior to graduation.

EDWINS Restaurant is located on historic Shaker Square, in Cleveland. A cramped back of house space that was not intended to house both a restaurant and culinary school creates spatial problems for the program. Additionally, many of the students attending the program have unstable housing and transportation situations, which creates additional challenges and stress for many students, regardless of skill and desire. From this, the idea of the Second Chance Life Skills Campus and Center was born, providing stable housing to students and a needed expansion of the culinary education program.

Bialosky began the project with EDWINS providing master planning, assisting on studies for multiple properties, to identify the site for the Campus. The location selected is at the corner of Buckeye Road and South Moreland Boulevard in Cleveland, a short walk south of Shaker Square. The campus is made up of four parcels with three existing buildings.

Site work includes new fencing and a new recreational basketball court.

An existing three-story walk-up apartment building provides over 20 beds to students in need of housing. A live-in campus “RA” provides support and supervision.

At 2902 S. Moreland, an existing multi-family house is now the EDWINS Alumni House, providing subsidized living accommodations to graduates of the program. The adjacency of these two facilities, creates a positive cycle of mentorship between students and alumni, while helping to keep at-risk alumni on the right track.

13104 Buckeye, home of the Second Chance Life Skills Center, is the heart of the campus. A 8,690 sf one story building, including a full basement, the almost 100-year-old commercial building is being given new life as the home of expanded academic space and amenities for the students. Program includes a teaching kitchen, computer lab, library and study spaces, a fitness center with locker rooms, and offices. The project is full “gut” renovation, requiring all new MEPT systems, restoration of the Buckeye Road facade, and all new interior layouts. MEPT engineering was provided by Bialosky Cleveland. Construction on the 13104 Buckeye renovations is underway, with completion set for the second quarter of 2016.