United Cerebral Palsy: Universal Access Center

United Cerebral Palsy: Universal Access Center

Architect
Perkins Eastman
Location
Islip, United States | View Map
Project Year
2010
Category
Hospitals
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United Cerebral Palsy: Universal Access Center

Perkins Eastman as Architects

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Greater Suffolk is consolidating, upgrading, and expanding their service facilities. The first of three buildings on a site in Islip is a new 35,000 sf clinic to serve a regional population in need of motor-skill and developmental treatment and therapy. The clinic offers dental, medical, and mental health services, as well as physical and occupational therapy. It provides patient mobility/ hearing/ speech evaluation and treatment. While the core mission of the clinic will be to serve people with Cerebral Palsy, it is the intent of UCP to open the facility to the community at large.


The main feature of the modern design is a central commons space with a large articulated roof, creating a clerestory of translucent glass to daylight the space while reducing the need for electrical lighting. This common space serves as the entrance the various treatment suites, provides waiting areas, educational displays, and opportunities for social interaction. The exterior comprises phenolic panel (rain screen) siding; a variety of brick shades; translucent, clear, and colored glass; and standing-seam metal roofing. The interior design employs abundant daylight, an unmatched level of accessibility, and thoughtful aesthetic details in public and treatment areas to create a non-clinical environment that is as affirming and nurturing. Notable interior finishes include rubber flooring, bamboo handrails, and a combination of wood and colored panels.

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