“Each resident would have their own private bath, bedroom, and work and study area, and then the common areas would be a living room, dining room, kitchen, and an outdoor porch,” says Kitzmiller. He adds that the homes are designed to look like any other housing development. “We want it to look like a mainstream community.”
Each of the seven homes will be capable of housing up to four adults in a suite-style setting that will provide both privacy and a built-in community in which to engage.
It’s the wide variety of necessary facilities that made Kitzmiller and his team feel that Architects Plus was the ideal company to help design and create the IMPACT center and residences.
“As we were trying to evaluate who would be a good designer for the type of project we’re developing, we felt they were a natural fit,” says Kitzmiller. “There’s a healthcare component to it, there’s a residential component to it, and because of their diversified skill sets and their creative design ability, we selected them.”
Kitzmiller hopes that the IMPACT Autism Center, once completed, will have the ability to serve as a model for the rest of the country. The purpose of the center is unique, and there are no other facilities serving the autistic community in Cincinnati in quite the same way. While logistics on the location are still being hammered out, what’s clear is the purpose and ideals behind the construction and design.
While the companies have yet to break ground on this project, they intend to continue to raise funds and gather support for the facility. IMPACT Autism’s annual golf outing, the Mayfield Classic, has been raising money for the organization for 14 years. It has raised more than $1.2 million in that time. This fundraiser has helped take the IMPACT Center from an idea to a complete design that is now seeking the best site on which to execute this dream come true.
Written by Felicia Jordan, VENUE Magazine, Winter 2014