Inland Lighthouse for the Blind

Spokane, WA



423,000 sq feet

Wolfe Architectural Group and Baker Construction & Development teamed up on this 42,300 square-foot addition allowing the production floor to double in size, and for the existing spaces to be reconfigured to allow for greater efficiency. As nearly 80% of the employees are legally blind and typically arrive by public transportation, way-finding cues were important in the overall site and building configuration. Easily understood circulation and the use of texture and high contrasting colors provide a friendly environment for the visually impaired. Unique features of the design include a sensory garden with emphasis on touch and smell and an interior kennel to accommodate employee service animals. The owners desired that the existing facility and the new addition met LEED® Silver requirements.