A longtime provider of health and wellness services in their local community, Oakwood Healthcare System sought a new home for their Center for Exceptional Families, which provides family-focused care for children with developmental disabilities, acquired disabilities, and complex chronic disorders. They decided to renovate the 38,700-square-foot Rotunda Center in Dearborn to house this important community-centered program.
Our design team worked closely with Oakwood to understand their vision of a space that allows them to provide comprehensive programming to special needs families in a home-like atmosphere.
This project introduced three distinct programs at the Rotunda Center, which was previously used as a child daycare facility: the Center for Exceptional Families; the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Early Childhood Education Center; and Oakwood’s Clinical Learning Center. To comply with Joint Commission standards and State of Michigan Design Standards for Healthcare Facilities, our design separates the space into three clear zones, one for each program.
Each childcare learning space incorporates a kitchenette with a dishwasher, refrigerator, and custom build-in casework, along with child-size restroom facilities. The center also hosts sensory integration and deprivation spaces, a training kitchen, laundry facilities, a gymnasium to assist children in activities of daily living, and shared functional spaces (administrative offices, a seminar space, special events stage, and production kitchen).
Collaborating with Oakwood, we designed a facility that supports the functional needs of the three programs it houses while providing a comfortable environment that embodies the Center for Exceptional Families mission of being a place “where it’s okay to be you”.