Inclusive Design Best Practice: Grand Rapids YMCA is First Building to Adopt Universal Design Standards


Accessible ramp inside the Mary Free Bed YMCA (Source: UB News Centre)  Exterior View of Grand Rapids YMCA (Source: UB News Centre) View of Adaptable Fitness Equipment inside Mary Free Bed YMCA (Source: UB News Centre)


As reported by David J. Hill, University at Buffalo News Centre:


"The University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center), in collaboration with the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), has developed the first set of universal design certification standards for commercial buildings, looking to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines as a model.
The first facility to adopt these standards and become certified — the Mary Free Bed YMCA in Grand Rapids, Michigan — opened its doors to the public Dec. 7.
The IDeA Center, which is housed in UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, started developing the universal design guidelines in 2009."

For more information, visit the University at Buffalo's News Centre website.