Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD) is a non-profit that provides a variety of programs and services for adults with disabilities. The community-based services are unique in the way they teach independent living skills in a home-like environment that will help people become self-sufficient, less dependent on others, and healthy in mind and body.
With rejuvenation, campus growth, and expanded services in mind, LADD selected emersion DESIGN to provide master planning, architecture, engineering, sustainable consulting, interior design, and structural engineering for the LADD Campus renovation in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The master planning process included exploration and revision of the current LADD master plan for the site, review of short and long term goals, current building codes, city zoning requirements, utility inspections, structural integrity, civil and landscape opportunities, and mechanical systems. A contemporary design scheme was selected to convey independence and forward thinking. High levels of sustainable design, including energy efficiency and solar PV was an early goal.
Following the master plan, the team completed the Center for Community Engagement. The goal of this building addition phase was to accommodate new office areas for LADD employees, including a state-of-the art training and education center, a new two-level entry addition, spacious deck, catering kitchen to host events and increase LADD’s revenue stream, and adjacent site work facing the courtyard.
Inspired by LADD’s motto “different just like you,” the team bounced every design idea off of their motto. Everything from the ceiling grid to the material choices were inspired by this motto. For example, the variegated color of the metal siding is dependent on the viewer’s perspective. Similarly, the floor plan is at an unexpected angle and only perceivable once you enter the building. This subtle shift in the geometry not only reminds users that subtle differences can change one’s outlook, but also the important of celebrating and embracing these differences, for they make everyone’s life richer.
LEED Silver Certified
Net-Zero Energy Ready
Interactive Learning Center
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