The Quest Westside Impact Center
Situated in the historic Vine City neighborhood, the Quest Westside Impact Center (QWIC) is one of many transformative projects developed as a result of the Westside TAD Strategic Implementation Plan, developed by Cooper Carry and APD Urban Planning and Management in collaboration with Invest Atlanta. Quest Communities is a nonprofit organization that develops affordable housing and provides community services to the underserved.
The Strategic Plan goals were to create a strategic, sustainable and implementable vision for the Westside TAD Neighborhoods to guide future investments; and, to build human capital and increase job creation as an economic development strategy. The redesigned QWIC was a first step in fulfilling these goals.
Cooper Carry turned a dilapidated building into a multi-functional space to fit all of QWIC’s programs, which included offices, a community center, educational services, and local retail. To keep the building’s pedestrian-friendly size in the mixed-use space, retail was moved to the back of the building for easier in-and-out access. An outdoor balcony space was created just for employees, and the steel bracing frames required for structural support were embraced as framing elements to enhance the style of the space. The stairs at the front of the building do double duty as stoops where individuals meet, relax, and spend time together, further enhancing the community feel.
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