BRW Architects was thrilled to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Including Kids Autism Center in Humble, Texas on Friday, July 15th. In 2003, Including Kids began as a non-profit organization helping a small group of kids and their families navigate life with special needs. Now they provide services for over 150 kids in areas such as language, social functioning, behavior management, self-help, and domestic skills.
Inconveniently housed in unconnected space within a strip center, tucked in between restaurants and shops, this organization worked tirelessly over the last few years to raise enough money for a dedicated space. Today, all the hard work is finally paying off. “Everyone involved with Including Kids is so passionate about serving and helping these children meet their full potential! It is impossible not to be impacted by their zeal and excitement for the future of the organization,” said Lauren Simpson, Associate AIA. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to contribute time and energy in helping make their dreams a reality.”
The new 2.7 million dollar building is approximately 18,065 square feet, located on a 2.5 acre Greenfield. The project site includes room for a future playground, garden, fruit trees, and walking paths. The interior concept of the building finds a balance between security and privacy control while still allowing the space to feel open. The interior sets up distinct areas for administration, community outreach, universal spaces, program support, and a variety of learning areas.
The building is a big step up for Including Kids that everyone is excited to see happen. “I loved seeing such a large crowd from the community to help support Including Kids during the groundbreaking ceremony. They are a wonderful organization, and I am so happy that they allowed BRW to help with the design of their facility,” said Katie Palumbo, AIA.
BRW is honored to have been a part of this adventure with Including Kids and eager to watch what happens next!
For more information, please visit: http://includingkids.org/groundbreaking-new-facility/