Rillito Center

Tucson, Arizona


EMC2 Group Architects Planners, PC


Amphitheater Unified School District No. 10


28,000 sq.ft.

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Rillito Center serves students ages 5 to 18 with acute mental and physical handicaps. The project scope included the remodel of the existing 8,000-square-foot center and the addition of about 20,000 square feet of new classrooms, administration and health offices. Specific design response to special student needs:

•Extra space allows for easier mobility for wheelchairs and therapy equipment. Each classroom has direct access to the dedicated/adjacent bathroom, living-skills area and therapy equipment storage. 

•The environment is designed with a low level of distraction and sensory stimulus to reduce student anxiety. Daylighting is provided in all classrooms, with forms, textures, acoustics and colors to help reduce student sensory overload. 

•Visual contrast, texture of walkways and walls provide opportunities for student sensory wayfinding, fostering greater student independence inside and outside. 

•Access to outdoor learning environments enables students to grow in sensory experience and mobility training. Three specialized outdoor learning areas have been provided for play and therapy organized by age and grade level.

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Shaw
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Brick/Masonry by Superlite
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by LCN Closers
Plumbing by Pro-Flo
Plumbing by Wade
Roofing by Berridge
Roofing by Carlisle SynTec
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
Skylights by CPI Daylighting Inc
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
HVAC Units by McQuay
Cabinets by Woodtech
Washroom Fixtures by Kohler
Washroom Fixtures by Elkay
Door Hardware by Ives
Door Hardware by Schlage
Doors by Marshfield Door Systems
Insulation by CertainTeed
Paint/Wallcoverings by Dunn Edwards
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