A comfortable, accessible residence that lets the outside in

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Project: Cleveland Street IRA

Client: Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)/NYS Office

Size: 3,930 SF

Services provided: Site survey, feasibility study, preliminary architectural design, design development, construction documents, construction support

A comfortable, accessible residence that lets the outside in

H2M recently constructed a new Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) to accommodate non-ambulatory adults with developmental disabilities. Located in Brooklyn, the new, one-story, 12-bed IRA was constructed on a vacant lot and designed to conform with all local and state codes, including the requirements of NYCRR Title 14, Chapter XIII, Parts 635 and 686.

Its new one-story, modern design has been integrated with the site to afford views from the interior spaces to the exterior landscape, which was designed with indigenous, low-maintenance plantings. The building’s amenities include: full accessible onsite parking and covered drop-off areas; radiant floor heating, to provide added comfort to residents and provide significant energy savings; and comprehensive life safety systems including fire sprinklers, alarms, and carbon monoxide detection.

Built-in artwork, casework and other features reduce the institutional feel and make the facility feel like home, while aesthetically-pleasing, low-maintenance materials and fixtures offer durability and long-term cost conservation. H2M worked with DASNY to have the site backfilled with soil that would have been deemed “waste” from another DASNY project located nearby (Brooklyn DDSO); this allowed for the creation of a level site and accessible backyard area for the building’s occupants at a considerably reduced cost.


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