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The Kelberman Center, Inc, IRA Residence


Chittenango, NY


4,100 sf + 2,400 sf Basement

The Chittenango Individual Residence Alternative (IRA) provides a home for individuals with autism, who are aging out of living with parents or private school.

Conceived under a very challenging budget, QPK designed a facility that promoted independence and responded to autism spectrum sensory issues by minimizing over stimulation caused by lighting, acoustics and patterns. Interior finishes and materials were selected for resident safety and durability, while still maintaining a homelike atmosphere. A variety of spaces allow for differing social engagement, ranging from video games to quiet isolation.

The residence was configured as a duplex, (with two, four bedroom units) housing a total of eight persons. The facility was fully supervised, with a non-institutional environment. Its scale and architectural vocabulary were consistent with the adjacent rural neighborhood.

The building was sited in a secluded wooded location with opportunity for walking paths and gardens.

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