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Design-Build Services

Chapel Haven - Multiple Projects

Location: New Haven,CT

Residential/Educational (REACH) Building: SLAM provided planning, design, pre-construction, estimating and construction management for a comprehensive multi-phased campus redevelopment project for Chapel Haven, a residential educational program for adults with cognitive disabilities. The first building to be completed is a new 4-story 32,500 SF educational and residential facility. The design includes three upper floors of dormitory-type suites with two and three-bedroom units, shared kitchens and common spaces. The first floor includes classrooms for engagement learning, gathering spaces, and a quiet room. In addition to the new building is the base infrastructure for future development, an exterior courtyard space, a new parking area and improved access to the campus. Pre-construction services included scheduling and estimating during conceptual, schematic and design development phases.

Other services included continual value management for alternate materials, means and methods for demolition, extensive site improvements, new construction, and renovation. SLAM CS worked closely with the design team and owner to expedite construction documents and to preserve an 11-month period for construction.

Welcome Center Renovations & Addition: As part of the first Phase of the Chapel Haven campus redevelopment project, SLAM designed and constructed a 4,581 SF addition and renovation to the existing administrative and admissions building. The addition orientates the building towards the new campus entry, welcoming perspective families and serves as a central staff location within the outdoor living room courtyard. The spaces include an open reception area, offices, conference rooms, a gathering area filled with natural light and views of the courtyard and a stone hearth.

Outdoor Living Room: The Living Room is an outdoor common space centrally located to provide a visual and physical connection between the Welcome Center, REACH Building, and future Universal Building. The space is designed to provide flexible activity for social gathering and calm solitude. The Living Room offers residences of upper floors of the REACH Building and future Universal Building with views of the activity below and supports health and wellness by providing a place for residents to gather outside. A fountain and native and adaptive planting create a calming ambiance. Honey locust trees provides respite from the sun in the summer months. Smooth seating pebbles bring a sense of whimsy to the experience. The Living Room provides a sense of place to the campus that supports a sense of community.

Universal Building: The second phase of the Chapel Haven campus redevelopment project includes the design and construction for a 4-story 46,000 SF residential, community and engagement facility which is designed for residents to age in place. A universal approach to building design will accommodate the needs of residents with cognitive disabilities as well as those of autistic spectrum aging. A comprehensive programming process assigned first floor community-based spaces such as fitness rooms, a wellness café, engagement, administrative offices, and a lounge. Upper floors include one and two-bedroom apartments units with centrally located communal kitchens, gathering spaces and terraces. This building is sited along Emerson Street, replacing several older residences that currently provide residential programs. The contextual design of the new building, with a sensitivity to scale and materials, lends itself to neighborhood integration and community outreach.

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