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south florida focus ernie and liezl els
By Tate Gunnerson
Photos courtesy of the Els for Autism Foundation

WHOLE IN ONE

How two parents are taking on autism

When her son, Ben, was diagnosed with
autism spectrum disorder, it didn't take
long for Liezl Els to identify the need
for a center specializing in all aspects of
treatment for people with the condition.
"I sat in traffic for an hour one way just to

get him to some of his therapies," she says.
"Everything was so far away. Nothing was
under one roof."
The experience inspired Liezl and her
husband, golf legend Ernie Els, to found Els
for Autism, focusing on education, research,
global support, recreation, therapy, and adult
services. In 2015, the organization expanded
by opening the Els Center of Excellence in
Jupiter, Florida.
Brought to life in consultation with
a bevy of professionals, including Cathy
Purple Cherry of Annapolis, Marylandbased Purposeful Architecture and
Magda Mostafa of the Autism ASPECTSS
DesignIndex, the sprawling 26-acre campus
features an auditorium, a three-green golf
course, and two school buildings.
All structures are outfitted with
noise-dampening walls, high windows
that reduce outside distractions, and LED
lighting, which can mitigate behavioral
issues triggered by standard fluorescents. In
addition to 40 classrooms and science labs,
each with observation windows for parents
to watch unnoticed, the center houses

light-filled events spaces such as the Pavilion
and the tranquil, palm-shaded Sensory Arts
Garden complete with a reflective pool and
fountains.
Together, they create a backdrop for
rotating exhibitions of works by artists with
special needs. According to Liezl, the shows
allow people to see the artists for their abilities
instead of their disabilities, and "if, at the same
time, we can help them to sell their art, that's
a bonus." A number of recreational activities
also take place at the center, including book
clubs, theater, music, tennis, yoga and, of
course, golf, which has clear-cut rules that
make it especially well-suited for people
with autism spectrum disorder. "We
never thought the two would synergize so
amazingly," she adds.
Next on the drawing board is a building for
adult services, a medical facility, and bigger
recreational areas. "Seeing the happiness on
the children's faces-and the testimonies of the
parents and families you've helped," says Liezl,
"makes it all worthwhile." hd
elsforautism.org

At the 26-acre Els Center of Excellence, people with autism
spectrum disorder can engage in educational and recreational
activities in a setting specially designed for their needs

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Hospitality Design - November 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - November 2020

Hospitality Design - November 2020
contents
from the editor
preface
from the guest editor
preface: memoir
preface: sketchbook
chapter one rethinking wellbeing
rethinking wellbeing: maslina resort
rethinking wellbeing: irth landscape hotel and spa
rethinking wellbeing: sharaan resort
rethinking wellbeing: refuge de la traye
rethinking wellbeing: hotel sin nombre
rethinking wellbeing: lago maggiore
rethinking wellbeing: buxton crescent hotel
chapter two social good
social good: kellee kemp
social good: marquise stillwell
social good: michael ford
chapter three south florida focus
south florida focus: constance collins
south florida focus: jorge m. pérez
south florida focus: tony cho
south florida focus: ernie and liezl els
chapter four products
products: profile ngahuia damerell
products: seating
products: lighting
products: bath
products: wallcoverings
chapter five be a legend
be a legend: elena camps biondi
be a legend: melissa wood-tepperberg
be a legend: daniel arsham
be a legend: linda and brad johnson
be a legend: damon lawrence
be a legend: paul scialla
be a legend: louis thompson
be a legend: shai zelering
be a legend: jason wu
be a legend: sheena rose
be a legend: britta and kent lindvall
ad index
back space: jo beth Wharton
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - from the editor
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - preface
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - from the guest editor
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - preface: memoir
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - preface: sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - chapter one rethinking wellbeing
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 42
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: maslina resort
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: irth landscape hotel and spa
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 45
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: sharaan resort
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 47
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: refuge de la traye
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 49
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: hotel sin nombre
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 51
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: lago maggiore
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 53
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - rethinking wellbeing: buxton crescent hotel
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 55
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 56
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - chapter two social good
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 58
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - social good: kellee kemp
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - social good: marquise stillwell
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 61
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 62
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 63
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - social good: michael ford
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 67
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 68
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - chapter three south florida focus
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - south florida focus: constance collins
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - south florida focus: jorge m. pérez
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 73
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - south florida focus: tony cho
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 75
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - south florida focus: ernie and liezl els
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 77
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 78
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - chapter four products
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 80
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - products: profile ngahuia damerell
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - products: seating
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 83
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - products: lighting
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 85
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 86
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - products: bath
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 88
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 89
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - products: wallcoverings
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 91
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 92
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - chapter five be a legend
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 94
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: elena camps biondi
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 97
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 98
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: melissa wood-tepperberg
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 100
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: daniel arsham
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 102
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: linda and brad johnson
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 104
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: damon lawrence
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 106
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: paul scialla
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: louis thompson
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 109
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: shai zelering
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 111
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: jason wu
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 113
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 114
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 115
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: sheena rose
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 117
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - be a legend: britta and kent lindvall
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 119
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 120
Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 121
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - 124
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - ad index
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Hospitality Design - November 2020 - back space: jo beth Wharton
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