Robert L. Miller Veterans Center

In 2009 we were approached by the local homeless shelter to assist in a visioning and fundraising campaign that would expand their campus to better serve a deserving and unfortunately significant segment of our homeless population, U. S. Military Veterans. Two years later, this amazing pro-bono commission culminated in the Veteran’s Day dedication of a state-of-the art home and rehabilitation center to house up to 25 U. S. Military veterans at a time.

Design Awards

  • Citation Award – Adaptive Re-Use

    AIA Northern Indiana, 2015
  • Pride of Place Award

    Downtown South Bend, Inc., 2012

Grants & Awards to Projects

  • Capital and Per Diem Grant 2010

    U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    $350,000 Awarded for construction
  • Community Development Block Grant 2009

    U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    $50,000 Awarded (new façade construction)
  • Special Project Grant

    Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
    $ 5,000 Awarded (new façade construction)

Publications & Press

  • Smith, P. W. “World War II Grad Helps Homeless Vets.” Notre Dame Lawyer Magazine. Spring 2012.
  • Dits, J. “Just for the Veterans: Center Nearly Ready for Homeless.” South Bend Tribune. November 11, 2011.
  • Buccellato, Aimee P. C., and Kaitlyn Veenstra. April 11-13, 2013. “Whole Building Re-Use – It Adds Up.” Proceedings of the 2013 Reclaim + Remake Symposium. Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, Washington, D. C.
    View Article pdf | Connection to GreenScale Research Project
@ A Glance
Project Address
  • 747 S. Michigan Street
  • South Bend, IN 46601
Project Type
  • Adaptive Re-Use
  • Residential-Institutional (5,000 SF)
  • 25-bed transitional residential facility for homeless (male) U. S.
  • Military Veterans
  • Pro-Bono
  • Center for the Homeless
  • Fall 2011
Project Team

Buccellato Design, LLC (BDLLC)
Aimee P. C. Buccellato, Partner
Kevin M. Buccellato, Partner

General Contractor
Mark Scott Construction

Structural Engineer
Brian V. Siqueira, P.E.

Volunteer Labor
Carpenter’s Hands - Granger Community Church Building Ministry

related / notable

Citation Award – Adaptive Re-Use
AIA Northern Indiana, 2015
see Design Awards

Capital and Per Diem Grant
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2010
$350,000 for construction
see Grants & Awards