Center for Enriched Living

Center for Enriched Living

Activities Spaces to accommodate programming for members are highly accessible and include: community area, kitchen/dining space, Enriched Lifestyles for Adults room, art room, and a gymnasium.

Integrating Principles of Universal Design, the renovation maximizes the community center's space to provide programs where people with developmental disabilities can achieve personal success.

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

Size
19,600 SF

Construction Type
Renovation

Special Recognition
Chicago Tribune, feature

The design creates convivial spaces that enable individuals with diverse abilities to interact within a comfortable and safe environment. CEL members are challenged by societal isolation and barriers to their full participation.

User capabilities shaped the design details, which are highly functional yet non-institutional and inconspicuous. Additional program space was a priority for the community center, which is a social lifeline to youths and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.

In addition to program components for members’ activities, spaces included an improved entry, toilets/changing rooms, and reorganized staff office and break spaces. The more efficient plan creates flexible, multiple-use spaces. Open planning reduces barriers; additional circulation improves mobility and wayfinding; and updated, easier to use facilities enhance staff interaction with members. Sustainable materials and abundant natural light improve the quality of the indoor environment.

“Transformation of our 16-year old building has taken place on so many different levels due to the universal design plans developed by LCM Architects ... The interior design plans created a space that is both beautiful and functional … Most importantly, our members, all who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, are transformed by this space.”
– Harriet Levy, Executive Director, Center for Enriched Learning