Springboard was recently selected to create a new operations center for Pittsburgh’s United Cerebral Palsy service organization, UCP/CLASS, that will be called their ‘Centre East’ building. The 32,000 sf building located on Braddock Avenue between Edgewood and Swissvale, will house several major components of UCP Pittsburgh’s administration, freeing up space in their Oakland building for more client programs and service.
Springboard’s approach to the renovation of the Centre East building will be to transform an existing big box retail space into a flexible, environmentally friendly, and accessible workplace/training center. One of the main goals of UCP Pittsburgh is to “build a community for everyone,” according to UCP CEO Al Condelucci PhD. “The problem is how typical people in the community come to see and know people with disabilities,” writes Dr. Condelucci in his book The Essence of Interdependence (Lash Publishing, 2008). Centre East will raise the profile of UCP/CLASS in the community and help to break down barriers to understanding.
Centre East is being designed as a LEED Silver building.