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“The need in Cincinnati for a project like this is immense,” says Paul Kitzmiller, CEO of CORE Resources and board president of the non-profit IMPACT Autism organization. 

IMPACT Autism on a Mission

CORE Resources & Architects Plus team up to bring this vision to life


When Paul Kitzmiller and CORE Resources Incorporated wanted to put pen to paper for a new project, they knew whom to call. Architects Plus and CORE Resources are teaming up for a future project that Kitzmiller hopes will change Cincinnati for the better.

CORE Resources, a local real estate development and construction firm, hired Architects Plus to put their design and vision to an idea CORE Resources is hoping to turn into reality. 

The center is unique in design, incorporating an easy transition between work and medical needs in case of any incidents. There will also be a workout center, educational facilities, and areas for recreational activities. When it’s completed, the IMPACT center will cover an expanse of about 30,000 to 40,000 square feet. 

“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 

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