On Friday, April 26, 2019 Coastal Engineering Co. joined the Cape Cod Village team to celebrate the development of a unique project designed to provide meaningful and dignified living opportunities for adults with autism. Cape Cod Village was founded in 2011 by Bob and Lauren Jones, clinical social workers from Orleans, Massachusetts and the parents of a young adult son with autism. Recognizing the need on Cape Cod for safe and supportive residential housing, they began meeting with other parents who shared similar concerns. From these meetings Cape Cod Village was born, founded on core values of dignity, inclusion, health and safety, and innovation.
The dream that began eight years ago is now a reality. Construction is well underway in the village center of Orleans.
Cape Cod Village is a housing community for adults with autism consisting of 2 duplex buildings (16 units total) and a “Commons” building with shared recreational and educational amenities. Residents will be provided with 24 hour supervision in an environment that puts their individual needs first and focuses on full participation in the greater community. Not only do the energy-efficient buildings meet the unique needs of their residents, they also feel like home with features like accessible bathrooms, common laundry rooms and kitchens, staff rooms, and private bedrooms.
Coastal Engineering Co. provided site engineering and regulatory permitting services for development of this 4-acre site, thoughtfully designing it to have an open, “neighborhood” feel while utilizing green practices, such as a permeable walkway encompassing all of the buildings. One of the parking pockets is designed as a basketball court that doesn’t interfere with traffic. The plans also included stromwater best management practices such as bio-retention basins and native plantings. Another requirement on this project was fire truck routing through the site.
"Unmasking Autism" is a benefit designed to remove the "mask" that obscures the mystery of autism and to bring together the many friends and supporters of Cape Cod Village.