Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Interior Design (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Mrs. Amy Boyett


Evidence Based Design (EBD) is an informed approach to design where designers base their decisions on quantitative and qualitative research. The design of the Universal Access Center for United Cerebral Palsy, discussed in this paper, encapsulates this approach to design. The five stages of EBD and how they were achieved within this project is defined. In the first phase, programming, current trends in healthcare as well as issues surrounding design for adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP) are discussed. In schematic design, initial issues of the project are resolved, and creative ideas are explored leading to the design development stage. In this phase, initial concepts are further developed and accompanied by detailed drawings. In the contract documents phase design drawings are finalized and made ready for construction and permitting. The final phase of design, contract administration, is the implementation of the design through construction, and it will not be explored in the context of this paper. This paper and the corresponding project end in the contract documents phase. Examples of the final drawings created as part of the design process can be seen in the following paper.

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