Pamela Sandler, founder of Pamela Sandler Architect in Stockbridge, Mass., completed the 11-week, 100-plus-hour Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a national program created to help entrepreneurs develop jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services.
Sandler fine-tuned the firm’s business growth plan which, along with her residential and commercial full-service architecture, extends the firm’s reach by teaming with groups that develop appropriate housing for Autism Spectrum Disorder and special needs adults in the Northeast. Sandler said that within seven years, 500,000 ASD adults will require special needs housing.
Sandler, a mother of two ASD adults, understands professionally as well as personally the residential requirements for special needs adults. When designing full-time living spaces and communities there are considerations most firms would not naturally consider, such as creating visually calm living areas, sound proof rooms, spacious hallways as well as common areas that promote physical activity, she said. The design should include appropriate ventilation and use all-green, non-toxic products.