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In Oklahoma City, a School Designed for Homeless Children

Positive Tomorrows’s new building will meet the unique needs of homeless students. Main request by kids without homes for playdates: a place to sit with friends.
The design for Positive Tomorrows's new building to house its school that serves homeless children in Oklahoma City.
The design for Positive Tomorrows's new building to house its school that serves homeless children in Oklahoma City.MA+ Architecture

How do you incorporate the specific needs of homeless children into the design of a school? That’s the question the Oklahoma City-based nonprofit organization Positive Tomorrows asked itself when it was daydreaming about a new building that could meet the many needs of its students. Positive Tomorrows has been educating homeless kids and providing social services to families since 1989.

“There is no model for this type of school,” said Gary Armbruster, principal architect and partner at MA+ Architecture, which came on the scene in 2013 to help kickstart the design process for the new school.