Today’s post is a guest blog by Lee A. Casaccio, AIA, LEED AP | Principal, Casaccio Yu Architects
Casaccio Yu Architects was the design firm that helped Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania transform the former Temple Shalom synagogue into the new Margaret “Judge” Brooks Center. It has meant a lot to us as architects and individuals to be involved with such a meaningful project.
We took very seriously the importance of Easter Seals and the Brooks Center to the community. We wanted to design an environment that would be warm, nurturing, family-oriented, and sustainable. We did a lot of advance thinking to consider how spaces would impact the teachers and children.
We incorporated natural light to ensure the spaces were bright and welcoming. We used soothing colors for a sense of calm and comfort. We created airy, open spaces that accommodate wheelchairs and are flexible to adapt to the changing needs of students and staff. The calming flow of space, softened edges without hard angles, and the water-themed graphics help create comfort zones.
Our Mission Driven DesignTM approach was informed by the Easter Seals goal to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. That mission inspired our work and the spaces. We are so gratified to see that the facility has already been meeting its higher purpose. We wish everyone at the Brooks Center continued success.