A permanent home has enabled a vital advocacy force to guide 1,400 disabled Chicagoans per year on a path toward independent living and productive citizenship.
American Institute of Architects, Sustainable Design Honor Award, Chicago
Association of Licensed Architects, Silver Award
Friends of Downtown, Trend Setter Award
Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington, D.C., Barrier Free America Award
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, Architectural Excellence in Community Design
A non-profit advocacy and social services group, Access Living promotes independent living for people with disabilities. The client desired a new LEED headquarters that would improve the environment for staff and clients with a range of disabilities within a typical office space vocabulary. A user-centered approach follows the inclusive Principles of Universal Design. All aspects of the building, including furniture selection, workstation layout, teledata equipment, HVAC and lighting, circulation, restrooms, and entry sequence, were designed by considering the range of possible needs. Accessibility details are deliberately inconspicuous.