Cerebral Palsy

New York, NY

31,000 SF

Relocating to a more collaborative environment for an ADA compatible workspace
CP of NYS is a broad-based, multi-service organization providing services and programs for more than 100,000 individuals with cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities, as well as resources for families.

Cerebral Palsy of NY chose a condominium at 40 Rector as their new home with a commitment to a long-term investment. Switzer worked with Cerebral Palsy adapting company values to match current workplace trends, providing a more open and less office-intensive, collaborative environment with improved amenities as the driving focus.

In order to achieve this, Switzer designed an open workplace with associated huddle rooms, phone booths for privacy and a café that doubles as a meeting space. A multi-purpose training room with movable partitions accommodates fluctuating meeting sizes and private offices are located throughout for upper-level management. Materials were chosen that reference nature, such as a lichen patterned carpet, and an infusion of select bright colors act as a point of attraction with warm leather and wood finishes.

A major requirement of the design was to incorporate wheelchair accessible workstations and hard surface flooring to provide serviceability. In addition to increased ADA accessibility, sit-stand desks complement the open floor plan. Glass fronted offices and exposed ceilings allow for increased lighting and visibility. Two independent air-conditioning units were also installed for internal control.

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