Access Living

Pioneering By embracing the synergy of inclusive design and green concepts, the design positions Access Living’s new home as a model for responsible office buildings and highlights universal design's relevance as a change agent for social responsibility.

A permanent home has enabled a vital advocacy force to guide people with disabilities on a path toward independent living and productive citizenship.

Location
Chicago, Illinois
Scope of Services
Programming
Planning
Architecture
Interior Design
Universal Design
Certification

LEED Gold

Size
35,000 SF

Special Recognition
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

LCM’s user-centered approach follows the inclusive Principles of Universal Design for Access Living’s LEED Gold headquarters building. The nonprofit advocacy and social services group promotes independent living for people with disabilities. Access Living desired a new facility that would improve the environment for staff and clients with a range of disabilities within a typical office space vocabulary. All aspects of the building’s design consider the range of possible user needs. Accessibility details are deliberately inconspicuous. Furniture selection, workstation layout, teledata equipment, HVAC and lighting, circulation, restrooms, and entry sequence enable independent use by all.

“One of the building’s greatest legacies is its success in broadening awareness and recognition of universal design and the value in growing a more inclusive society.”
– Marca Bristo, Chief Executive Officer, Access Living