SLOMIN FAMILY CENTER
FOR AUTISM & RELATED DISABILITIES
The Slomin Family Center provides educational, clinical and social services to families with children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and typical children. Its physical environment features intimate outdoor courtyards for play and stimulating day-lit spaces for learning. The “Family Room” at the building’s core, is the central accommodation of this welcoming campus.
Phase one includes 30,000SF with classes from day care through elementary school with an outdoor pool, a half-court gymnasium, cafeteria, art room and various clinical offices. A salon and a 6-seat dental clinic are seen as essential for the autistic community. Phase two, 20,000SF, brings additional elementary classrooms, a middle school and high school as well as science rooms and a second cafeteria. Life skills classrooms include training in recycling and vocation. The ultimate capacity is 500 children.
Architecturally, the buildings have a clean modern character with a limited palette of high albedo materials. Bright color is used to highlight circulation spaces and specific areas in the classrooms. Sloping roofs access northern light, an environmentally responsible tactic for the entire site that emphasizes passive ventilation. Outdoor walkways connecting one-story structures are an important part of a village-like planning concept. The project is targeted for LEED Silver based on the newest LEED standards. Schematic Design began February 2010 with the first school sessions scheduled for January 2013.