IHCD assists in accessibility renovations at BAC building

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD)–an NEC member–recently assisted with the renovation of a building at the Boston Architectural College to make it more accessible.  The building, located at951 Boylston Street in Boston, recently opened following the renovation.  The historic Richardsonian Romanesque style building was originally a police station from 1887 to 1976 , an was later used as the first Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston from 1976 to 2007.  In 2007, it was acquired by Boston Architectural College.

The renovation integrates environmental sustainability and universal design with historic preservation. The renovation was done in three phases with the second and third floors renovated to provide eight studios on each floor completed in 2008.  In 2009 the project was suspended and restarted in 2012 in order to complete the first level, mezzanine and exterior renovations/restoration. Five artisans who are alumni of North Bennett Street School collaborated on the project. To learn more http://www.humancentereddesign.org/ihcd-studio/951boylstonst

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), founded in Boston in 1978 as Adaptive Environments, is an international non-governmental educational organization (NGO) committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. IHCD’s work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human-centered or universal design.

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