Unlike the previous facility, which was not designed to accommodate special needs, the new Wing Lake Developmental Center includes spaces ideally suited for serving and teaching medically fragile and cognitively impaired students.
Students, families and visitors are greeted with a welcoming, colorful lobby. Rather CAPACITY100COST PER SQ FT$257.00FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized institutional, the entry’s atmosphere feels like a warm, caring home. Wheelchair "parking spots" are inset areas that line hallways, preventing equipment from dominating the interior, and avoiding an intimidating "medical-looking" environment. The facility includes spacious new classrooms and restrooms.
A commons area provides a team-teaching zone or special-events area. A state-of-the-art medical center includes group learning spaces for sensory-development activities.
The site incorporates sustainable drainage best practices, including bioswales and bioretention. An existing, beloved memorial garden remains untouched and continues to provide a beautiful, quiet area for reflection and prayer.
A natural fieldstone with brick blend exterior complements the original historic stone schoolhouse adjacent to the new center. Special mechanical systems provide optimum comfort for medically fragile, environmentally sensitive students.