The mission of the facility’s organization is to offer employment opportunities, education and care to clients with developmental disabilities. Accessed from the highway on a deep and narrow site, the building was developed as a linear bar with programmatic elements placed in logical sequence. This design allows for efficient facility interactions, as well as innate transition from public to private space. The retail component, requiring the most highway visibility to attract customers, is located closest to the highway with glazing along the north facade to allow for indirect natural lighting in the retail area. Adjacent to the retail component, at the “heart” of the campus, is the administration and classroom wing with a large drop-off canopy for client loading and unloading. Furthest form the highway and at the backside of the facility is the recycling center with a dedicated bypass traffic loop for this portion of the facility and its operations.
This project is a 2015 AIA Mid-Missouri Merit Award winner.