National Federation of the Blind

National Research AND Training Institute

LOCATION
Baltimore, MD

PROJECT SIZE
170,000 sf

DESIGN SERVICES
Mechanical
Electrical
Plumbing
Medical Gas
Fire Protection
Lighting

 

National Federation of the Blind

NATIONAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING INSTITUTE

Leach Wallace was commissioned to design the mechanical and electrical systems for the new five story, 170,000 square foot National Research and Training Institute for the Blind. The $18 million dollar building is connected via an enclosed pedestrian bridge to the existing 200,000 square foot building, which houses the National Federation of the Blind’s national headquarters. The Institute features over 22,500 square feet of classroom space, a library and literary research center, multipurpose center to seat 900, archival storage, office space, new main lobby and foyer and a covered and below grade 86-space parking garage. The new building was the first of its kind to be staffed and developed entirely by an organization of visually impaired people.