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Mary Freebed YMCA outsideMary Free Bed YMCA

The Mary Free Bed YMCA was designed around the principles of universal design: The idea that a space, building or product can be created in a way that makes it usable by a diverse range of people. The 36-acre, LEED-certified complex is home to a wide range of fully-accessible health and wellness spaces including swimming pools, basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, a 1/5 mile track, 12,500 sq. ft. of fitness equipment, a teen center and childcare area, and a healthy living center with a farm and greenhouse. The facility is most unique in that it incorporates the principles of Universal Design to be inclusive of every member of the community, regardless of age or physical ability. As the first Universally Designed building in the world, the Mary Free Bed YMCA helps reveal the ways in which design can increase diversity and participation, while decreasing the stigma and segregation of traditional fitness centers.
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Metropolitan Convention CenteEcuador Convention Center

The Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), awarded the Metropolitan Convention Center of Quito (CCMQ) the Universal Accessibility and Design certification, making it the first public building of Ecuador and Latin America to receive this mention for complying with the regulations that this type of construction requires. The mention obtained was made by GUDC, through its representative in Ecuador, the company FMR S.A., who made an analysis of the plans and recommendations to obtain the certification in Accessibility and Universal Design.
The building complies with the Ecuadorian regulations on accessibility to the physical environment defined by the INEN and the Ecuadorian Construction Standard – Universal Accessibility Code NEC-HS-AU, which carries out an in-depth analysis of the infrastructure and includes different areas. Learn More about the certification

Dineen Hall Syracuse UniversityBBI space in College of Law’s Dineen Hall Syracuse University

The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) has moved into new headquarters in the College of Law’s Dineen Hall. The offices are universally designed, which goes beyond accessibility, creating built environments that may be accessed, understood and used by everyone regardless of age, size or ability. The reconfiguration includes wide, technologically advanced doors, soft lighting, open corridors and flexible workstations. Learn More about BBI’s space in Dineen Hall

Dineen Hall Syracuse UniversityMerck (MSD) receives Universal Design Silver certification for their Kolkata, India Regional Sales Office.

Merck continues to improve lives by creating inclusive work environments. The sales office implemented a number of universal design strategies including enhanced wayfinding, visual cues for egress, elimination of protruding objects, non-glare finishes, a reduction in reach range and improved maneuvering clearances. Learn More about Merck & Co Universal design Certification

Upcoming projects

  • Miracle Park, Rock Hill, SC
  • Critter Barn, Zeeland , MI
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Global Universal Design Commission

Global Universal Design Commission, Inc., (GUDC) a not-for-profit corporation, was established to develop Universal Design (UD) standards for buildings, products and services.



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Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. (GUDC)
Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University
950 Irving Avenue
Dineen Hall, Suite 446
Syracuse, New York 13244-2130