Project Details

Project Type
Santa Rosa, California

S.A.Y. Dream Center

The SAY Dream Center’s mission is to provide support, opportunity and hope for Sonoma County’s youth and young adults who are desperately in need of support. Main facets of the Dream Center include stable and affordable housing, counseling services, and employment opportunities. Firma Design Group designed the main outdoor social space which includes a main plaza, café patio, site amenities, planting and irrigation. Our concept driven design of the outdoor space represents each resident’s personal journey while residing at the Dream Center.

A bright, spiraling pattern embedded in the concrete of the plaza includes timeline milestones that symbolize personal growth and increased confidence as residents move toward self-sufficiency. Other hardscape materials including vividly colored concrete benches and paving that provide visual interest throughout.

Plant materials were selected for warm colors and fragrant scent, accentuating the interesting paving and adding to the feeling of comfort and hope provided by the Center.

The ADA path of travel from the parking lots and through the plaza is designed with the same color and finish of the internal surfaces of the Dream Center to blur the distinction between indoor and outdoor spaces.