The Schenectady Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) selected architecture+ to design their new building. Our design is one of the earliest in the area to incorporate principles of total accessibility. The design is also notable because of its u-shaped configuration; the interior courtyard formed by this shape provides a controlled outdoor environment for clients. An open corridor facing the courtyard allows for complete visibility through this public activity area.
Two wings on either side of the courtyard contain eight classroom modules. Classroom windows face outward toward the surrounding landscape and reduce the potential for distraction by courtyard activities.
We planned for potential future expansion in the siting and floor plan of the building.