Cantalician Center for Learning
The Cantalician Center for Learning, Inc. is an educational, rehabilitative and occupational facility for persons from infancy through adulthood who are challenged by a variety of developmental and physical disabilities. Currently, the program is housed on two separate campuses, in older buildings that cannot accommodate the accessibility requirements that the school's population demands.
The design challenge was to consolidate four distinct and specialized program elements; pre-school learning, school-age learning, day care center, and executive administration into a single building that functions like a special needs institution, while embodying the charm and character of a friendly neighborhood schoolhouse. Fulfilling that challenge required a significant renovation to a recently abandoned school building, as well as renovations to a former church on adjacent property, and a new 2-story addition that will link the two buildings and create a private secure outdoor courtyard. As this exciting project continues, the close-knit owner/architect relationship continues to feed a spectacular design that will serve this special program for years to come.