The Challenge: Long wanting a modern, fully accessible, permanent facility, Access Living had a vision to build a model of both green and universal design. This building would not only meet, but also exceed elements of sustainability and accessibility. Universal design is an architectural approach making environments usable by as many people as possible—regardless of age, ability or circumstance—and goes beyond accessible design, which often segregates users by creating one space for people with disabilities and another space for other users. Universal design seeks to re-conceive fundamental architectural ideas and build spaces that accommodate everyone.
The Solution: Access Living Chicago is believed to be the first building anywhere to integrate and incorporate both green design and universal design. Spearheaded by a nationally renowned expert in accessibility compliance and universal design, Jack H. Catlin, FAIA (an LCM partner who was the first practicing architect to serve as chair of the U.S. Access Board), the design team received critical help to achieve these twin objectives with lighting control solutions from Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., including the highly energy-efficient Quantum total light management system. Learn more for Access Living