The School at Springbrook, a non-profit organization that serves those with developmental disabilities, has been offering educational services to children and adults with behavioral problems since 1960. Springbrook’s main campus, consisting of 110 acres, is located on Route 28 between Cooperstown and Oneonta. The campus includes a 50,000 SF educational building, residential group homes and various ancillary administrative support buildings.
SWBR Architects provided design services for renovations that include a new gym, cafeteria and classrooms and three, eight-bedroom residences for 24 students attending the school. Each residence has two separate and distinct residential wings consisting of four-bedrooms, a living room, den, dining room, mud room and accessible bathroom. Students with autism are supervised 24/7 and special recreational and educational programs are suited specifically for their needs.
The improvements are all in an effort to have more space, better facilities, and improved services for the community. "It's all accessible. It's safe, it's beautiful, it's open. It's there and it will meet their needs," said Patricia Kennedy, Springbrook CEO. SWBR Architects provided all professional design services with the exception of civil engineering and landscape architecture. The renovations were funded by grants and donations. The entire project created 120 new jobs in the Oneonta area.
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