The Kauri Sue Hamilton School for students with disabilities was a unique school to design, both for the community and the design team. This 91,000-square-foot school was programmed to provide special education and life-skills training to students with severe physical needs between the ages of three months and 22 years.
There COST PER SQ FT$197.03FEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized many special requirements in designing a special-needs school, including enlarged hallways and angled intersections to accommodate multiple student gurneys; interior heated floors providing warmth for students; exterior heated slabs to assist wheelchair and gurney mobility during the long winter months; and state-of-the-art sensory-therapy rooms designed to stimulate, relax or energize the students through light, sound, texture and music.
A two-story atrium provides an abundance of natural light and serves the student with daytime activities and the community with evening socials. Dual classrooms are self-contained with a shared restroom to ensure student safety at all times. A therapy treatment swimming pool, gymnasium and an onsite medical clinic were included in the design.