Beaver Dam, WI


Transformation of a Legacy Factory into PAVE’s New Sanctuary //

WDS Works embarked on a groundbreaking journey to transform a former factory into a beacon of hope and safety. This project, realized in partnership with PAVE (Providing Assistance, Validation, and Education), aimed to significantly enhance the support for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. By repurposing an industrial relic into a state-of-the-art sanctuary, we not only preserved the historical essence of the structure but also infused it with new life, purpose, and a promise for a brighter future.

For 35 years, PAVE had operated out of a modest five-bedroom home, which, despite its limitations, served as a haven for countless individuals and families in crisis. The vision to expand and evolve into a more comprehensive, secure, and accessible facility was driven by the growing needs of the community and the aspiration to offer a more dignified and empowering environment for survivors.

The project presented a unique set of challenges, primarily revolving around the adaptive reuse of the factory. The goals were multifaceted – to maintain the building’s industrial character while transforming it into a warm, welcoming, and secure environment that complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Additionally, creating a multifunctional space that catered to the diverse needs of PAVE’s clientele required innovative design and construction strategies.

Our approach was holistic, focusing on sustainability, security, and inclusivity. Here’s how we tackled the project:

  1. Enhanced Shelter: We designed the living quarters to provide not just shelter but a space that promotes healing and dignity. Each private living area is equipped with its bathroom and kitchenette, offering survivors privacy and independence.
  2. Administrative and Counseling Spaces: Understanding the importance of administrative efficiency and the sensitive nature of crisis counseling, we created cutting-edge offices and counseling rooms that ensure confidentiality and comfort for both staff and clients.
  3. Community Spaces: Recognizing the therapeutic value of community, a large communal kitchen, dining area, and ample food storage space were constructed to encourage social interaction and collective healing.
  4. Safe Exchange Zone: To address the complexities of co-parenting in situations involving domestic violence, we implemented a secure exchange zone, enhancing safety and minimizing conflicts.
  5. Youth-Friendly Areas: Specialized teen rooms and play areas, both indoor and outdoor, were designed to support the emotional and physical well-being of children, providing them with a safe space to play, learn, and grow.
  6. Pet-Friendly Accommodations: In acknowledging the importance of pets in many families, we included pet-friendly accommodations, ensuring that no member of the family is left behind in times of crisis.


The transformation of the former factory into PAVE’s new sanctuary marks a significant milestone in the community’s fight against domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. This project was made possible through the generous support of local community donors and a Neighborhood Investment Grant from the state via Dodge County. The collective effort not only reflects the community’s commitment to supporting vulnerable populations but also sets a precedent for similar initiatives worldwide.

The completion of PAVE’s new sanctuary is more than just a construction project; it’s a testament to what can be achieved when compassion, innovation, and community support come together. This new facility stands as a symbol of hope, safety, and resilience, offering a comprehensive support system for survivors and their families. As we reflect on this journey, we are reminded of the power of collaborative efforts in making a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve.