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CDC East Wins 2020 AIA Ohio Design Award

Perspectus is excited to announce that the Centers for Dialysis Care East Facility received a Merit Award for Newly Completed Project at the 2020 AIA Ohio Design Awards ceremony, which was held virtually on September 24 via Zoom.

Situated in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, this project is the flagship facility for this regional care provider. To support CDC’s mission of providing better, more convenient care to under-served populations, Perspectus put patient experience at the center of design. Hemodialysis (or the process of filtering blood) was conceptualized by using louvres to filter light and sightlines throughout the building.

Awards Jury Chair Brandon Pace, FAIA, said “what we liked most about [this design was] how it elevates the experience… and brings a bit of dignity to this type of treatment.”

The building reflects design on a human scale. Individual treatment bays were designed first, then used as building blocks for the plan layout and building enclosure. Clusters of bays are oriented around shared support areas to maximize staff efficiency and access to patients. Finishes provide clean lines with visual warmth, and treatment areas address patient temperature sensitivity, providing access to daylight.

In the lobby, an illuminated feature wall mimics the daylight filtered through the exterior louvres and serves as a backdrop for an open stair. The second floor features a large, multipurpose classroom that can be subdivided into smaller classrooms, as well as a training room, educator workspaces, conference rooms, and meeting spaces for staff. We are incredibly proud of this recognition as we continue to design spaces that elevate the patient experience. Congratulations to the design team, our long-time partner CDC, and all involved.

Bill Ayars Awarded 2020 AIA Ohio Public Service Award

August 2020 – Perspectus Architecture is thrilled to announce Managing Principal and Co-Founder Bill Ayars, AIA, ACHA, MBA has been awarded the 2020 AIA Ohio Public Service Award. This award is granted annually to an individual who has made a significant impact in his/her community, as well as to the profession, through public service.

“The AIA Ohio Board of Directors was impressed by Bill’s clear commitment and devotion to his community,” said AIA Ohio President, Mary Glowacki, AIA.

Recognizing a critical gap in access to support resources, Bill established The Emerald Jenny Foundation in 2016 with a mission to support people struggling with substance abuse disorders. Channeling his proven process for solving problems beyond design projects, he worked to launch a life-saving recovery tool that transcends the boundaries of his design portfolio. He understands from firsthand experience how overwhelming it can be to navigate resources and find treatment for a loved one in need. Ayars applied his design thinking to analyze and find a way to diminish the challenge that families face when afflicted by addiction. Originally expecting to just serve Clevelanders, the foundation’s success prompted the team to expand the website to Cuyahoga County, neighboring counties, and EJF soon became the official site referral for the State of Ohio with over 1,200 participating treatment centers. In just three years, The Emerald Jenny Foundation made a measurable impact on the nation’s fight against addiction.

We are grateful for the leadership that Bill brings to Perspectus – and our greater community – as he uses his passion and design thinking to solve difficult challenges. Congratulations, Bill!