• YMCA Mary Free Bed (map)
  • 5500 Burton Street Southeast
  • Grand Rapids, MI, 49546
  • United States

The Mary Free Bed YMCA is a 36-acre, LEED certified community centerpiece that supports children, adults and families with unbridled ease of access to healthy living. This revolutionary new facility was designed with everyone in mind using the principles of Universal Design. The facility is a unique and accessible space that benefits the local community.

The objective was to create the world’s first Universal Design certified building in the world. The principles of Universal Design recognize that there is a wide spectrum of human abilities and its goal is to serve the widest range of people possible. This facility is designed to meet the needs of many populations, including: the elderly, children and adults with special needs, those with temporary sports injuries or recovering from a medical condition, persons with muscular skeletal disease and people with hearing and sight challenges.

One HSW learning unit available for architects.

Attendees should expect to learn about:
- what is universal design?
- the challenges and successes of designing a building to universal design standards
- material uses and material performance
- how a universal designed facility functions and is programmed to meet all needs
- impact of natural lighting and scenic views from within the building
- role LEED played in the design

Thanks to AIA-Grand Rapids for organizing this event.