A survey conducted in Collin County, Texas in 2004 brought to light that 11.6% of the population over 5 years of age suffers from disabilities. This fact alone highlights the need for facilities specializing in the needs of these individuals in the North Texas region. The vision of an existing facility in Collin County, and its Board of Trustees, was to create a community where special needs individuals can live, work, and play. MESA collaborated with the client to transform this vision into a reality. The campus plan design incorporates all the elements necessary for a self-sustaining community. The community is divided into 3 different zones of privacy for security purposes. The retail component and chapel are located adjacent to a major thoroughfare to increase visibility and access for the public. South of the retail and chapel a natural draw from the existing lake creates a transitional buffer into the semi-public area; where the administrative complex, vocational workshops, enterprise zone, equestrian center, dining hall, indoor recreation, nursing facility, and maintenance buildings are located. Moving into the private section of the campus at the covered bridge, located on the southern draw of the lake, the resident housing is strategically placed on a natural ridge for views across the lake towards the chapel. The resident complex is complete with walking trails and community parks as well as an outdoor recreation facility. The entire campus resides on a tract of land of approximately 80 acres with natural features that have been exemplified in the design.