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This building is all about being new. The visionary people at The Center — the Board of Directors and our benefactors — have explored a new territory. This building has no role model to look up to because it is, literally, a state-of-the-art facility; it hasn’t been done before.

So, what is it? It’s a big building — 35,000 square feet, which is almost three times the size of the last building. Big as it is, this new building is pretty simple. It’s organized around a single central corridor that is known as “Main Street.” Like a wide sidewalk in your own hometown, Main Street encourages members to congregate, exercise, and participate in the community around it.

Activity rooms, through windows designed much like “storefronts,” allow passersby to see what’s offered inside. As you wander down this path, you’ll see members involved in strength training, painting, ceramics, stained glass, creative cooking, horticulture and team sports. The landscaping offers generous outdoor “porches,” walking trails and gardens.

It’s that simple. Or maybe it’s not that simple. This building also incorporates a concept known as “Universal Design” (UD), a wonderfully descriptive moniker for products and environments that are “usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”

It is a building designed for individuals with disabilities that everyone could use. For example, the signage is in pictorial, written and tactile formats so that important information is communicated regardless of an individual’s abilities or conditions. Wider hallways, isle ways and doors throughout the building offer better wheelchair accessibility. And, the light switches and door knobs installed make it easier for all levels of dexterity to use them.

This new facility is the future of The Center. It knows all about runners, walkers, talkers, and players, standing or seated. Does it have something for you? Come and see.  We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.