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  • 815 South Utica Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74104
  • 918.584.8607
  • 815 South Utica Avenue, Tulsa, OK
  • 918.584.8607

 

In the early 2000’s, the visionaries of The Center — the Board of Directors and our benefactors —explored new territory. This building had no role model to look up to because it is, literally, a state-of-the-art facility, having never been done before. As a matter of fact, the United Cerebral Palsy Association awarded The Center the “Award of Excellence” for facility design in 2007.

So, why is it so impressive? Yes, it’s a big building — 35,000 square feet, which is almost three times the size of the former building. But as big as it is, it really is pretty simple. It’s organized around a single central corridor, 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. And outdoors, the landscaping offers generous patios, a walking trail and gardens.

It’s that simple. Or maybe not. 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. To learn more about Universal Design, click here. 

But as impressive as our current facility is, there are still limitations. We have grown significantly since taking occupancy in June 2005:

  • Our membership has grown 60%
  • Our average daily attendance has grown 38%, currently averaging 160 people/day
  • We average 10,000+ hours of service each and every month
  • We host 80+ classes each and every month and with just 3 multi-purpose classrooms, that does not leave a lot of flexibility for new classes or opportunities.
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