Under the tenure of Patrick H. Dollard, The Center for Discovery has pioneered the development of environmentally advanced health care and educational facilities that utilize energy efficient technologies and sustainable construction materials. Low or No Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) will be found in the paint, cleaning products, flooring and building encasement materials. By eliminating or minimizing the presence of these compounds, the stresses and effects of toxic environments is reduced, which is especially important for individuals with already compromised health.
The Discovery Health Center is recognized as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by NCQA. It is the first healthcare facility in the country to be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and was a recipient of the USGBC’s prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. This was followed by The Center’s Life Center for individuals with complex disabilities, the Ridge Campus, New York State’s first specially designed campus for adolescents with autism, and by the Michael Ritchie Big Barn Center for Environmental Health and Education, home to the Discovery School Research Program, which was built to the USGBC’s most stringent Platinum LEED guidelines.