The Northern New Mexico Easter Seals Chapter in Santa Fe is a 21,000 SF, 2-story building which houses day care and home care training facilities for developmentally disabled individuals and their families. It’s sited along the edge of an existing slope which takes advantage of the sweeping views and passive solar heating and cooling opportunities we celebrate in New Mexico. A multipurpose courtyard provides a central node for different functions and uses. A second story portal creates a protected point of entry. The building is designed to holistically support therapeutic goals through the use of natural light, natural and local materials, and colors indicative of the southwest. Sustainable design elements such as water saving features and energy savings features include: passive solar design, a butterfly roof complete with a rain harvesting cistern, landscape design incorporating native plantings, high-efficiency fixtures and equipment, and a highly insulated building envelope.
The building’s first floor contains several naturally day lit zones for client and therapist interaction, and a separate wing for the training center, which accommodates up to 250 attendees. The training center enables El Mirador to provide specialized training to a broad base of organizations serving the developmentally disabled community throughout the country. The training wing houses a very large, open area for training and functions, as well as a manager’s office and other support spaces. The day-services activity areas, training wing, and entry all open on to the courtyard which is used as an outdoor classroom and gathering area. The second story houses additional administrative offices, including accounting, a director’s office, meeting rooms, and a human resources department.
- Owner: Easter Seals Santa Maria El Mirador
- Architect: Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
- Site Size: 7.2 acres
- Building Size: 21,000 SF
- Completion: December 2011