The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Southern Connecticut converted the old Roberto Clemente School into both accessible housing for the disabled and low-income housing for families below the poverty level. This project has gained national attention, as the building's technology allows paraplegics to live independently.
The 31,000 square foot building was renovated into twenty-five, one and two bedroom apartment units. The facility is designed to promote tenant interaction so amenities include meeting rooms and lounges, a sun room, roof garden, laundry and support spaces. A new entry lobby addition and elevator provide full building accessibility and the fourth floor balcony was infilled to provide a full floor level of apartments.
The roof structure, roof membrane and insulation were replaced and new operable window units with insulated glass were installed. New interior partitions define the new space while interior finishes beautify it. A new gas fired hot water baseboard heating system, plumbing, fire protection and electrical service with individual tenant meters and distribution panels for each apartment unit complete this unique project.