Dallas architects chosen to build oversee first community for adults with special needs in North Texas

October 13, 2017

Daily Light

By: SPECIAL to the Daily Light

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Dallas-based Merriman Anderson Architects has been selected as design architect and architect of record for the Daymark Living community in Waxahachie.

Daymark Living is a community created to help adults with learning differences and intellectual delays by offering day programming and full-time residential options.

The 144,853 square-foot inclusive community is dedicated to meeting a wide spectrum of needs. With 28 cottages able to house 200 residents, resort-style pools, sports courts, fitness center, clubhouses, computer labs, green space, community grills, deluxe dining hall, classrooms, transportation and licensed nurse practitioners. The community was designed to offer spacious independent two, three and four bedroom living options along with many social areas to provide activities and interaction with other residents and family members who visit.

Daymark Living is located on the corner of Cantrell St. and Interstate 35 East, in Waxahachie, a growing town of 40,000 people, with ample employment options, historic downtown and a convenient 30-minute drive from Dallas and Fort Worth.

"The Daymark Living project is important in so many ways. It fills a need for families with adult children who need to transition to independent living with opportunities to learn and grow while allowing the parents peace of mind that their children are well cared for," said maa founder, Jerry Merriman. "Our team is honored to be part of a new destination that is paving the way in a much-needed sector for adults with special needs."

Daymark Living community is scheduled to complete in August 2018, and is currently under construction conducting site grading and building pad preparations. The first foundation will be poured sometime this month. Daymark will be the first of its kind built in North Texas.

Merriman Anderson Architects' (MAA) stamp can be seen on master planned developments, urban housing, office buildings, corporate facilities, hotels, hospitals, schools and retail projects, including interiors and signage, throughout the United States and internationally. Headquartered in Dallas, with additional offices in Austin and Charlotte, North Carolina, the firm offers customized project solutions to a varied portfolio of clients. MAA's associates have a reputation for design excellence as well as technical detailing.

"It was our pursuit of a better environment for our own child that led to the creation of Daymark Living," said John Poston, President of Daymark Living. "We are providing a groundbreaking new residential opportunity for adults with learning differences, intellectual delays, and other special needs."

Daymark Living has the vision to provide both an environment and a peer group to promote greater independence and a better quality of life for adults with intellectual and developmental delays. Together with a team of compassionate professionals, educators, developers and community staff, Daymark is addressing a real need for parents of adults with intellectual disabilities.