Client Abu Dhabi Health Services Company

New England Children's Clinic (NECC) - Abu Dhabi Campus

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

NECC partnered with the Health Authority—Abu Dhabi (HAAD) to provide an inpatient residential school for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The campus is composed of a four-story classroom building and a two-story residential unit. Conceived as a linear expression in colored glass and thin concrete plates, the classroom building is accentuated by a rooftop pool covered by a large cantilevered concrete roof. The building supports multiple specialized classrooms, in-house kitchen and dining, a full-size gymnasium, clinic, graduate research spaces, and an administrative suite.

The residential unit will support 24 children and is divided into four identical units. Each unit contains private sleeping rooms, living area, recreation room, prayer room, kitchen and dining area. The residence will be anchored by a striking three-story light monitor that serves as a central organizing feature, entry and vertical circulation element. The project is designed in accordance with the equivalent of LEED Silver standards under the Estidama sustainability code.

At a glance

125,800 SF

24 Residential Units

Rooftop Pool

Specialized Classrooms

Research Spaces




People’s Choice Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Excellence in Architecture
American Institute of Architects Nebraska Chapter

Specialized Services for Autistic Children

Designed in Accordance with the Equivalent of LEED Silver Standards Under the Estidama Sustainability Code


Architectural Design

Interior Design

“We had a very positive experience working with [LEO A DALY]. We were pleased to rely on your substantial expertise designing healthcare and related facilities. Our senior executives were very impressed with your team's ability to translate the complicated requirements for a state of the art educational and residential facility for children with autism into an attractive functional design that worked well for NECC and our UAE partners. This was a complicated project given the cultural differences and location of the different parties. We were very impressed with all of [LEO A DALY] staff and how easily this task was accomplished. We will definitely contact you first when we approach future projects in the US or overseas. I would welcome the opportunity to work with you and your colleagues again."


of the world's population has ASD.


ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189)


of children identified with ASD have average to above average intellectual ability.