Deaf and blind individuals have unique needs. Construction that supports those needs is often hard to come by. But, with a little bit of research and ingenuity we have located construction news and needs for the deaf and blind.
When it comes to real estate, people like Terence McCarthy St. Pete, of TJM Properties, know how to invest their money. Construction aimed to better the lives of those living with disabilities is a rare commodity and hopefully it’s something that real estate moguls will find worthy of their consideration. McCarthy’s company is known for its ability to convert acquired hotels and historic apartment complexes into gorgeous assisted living and retirement facilities.
But, not everyone is prepared to sacrifice to help. Thankfully, we’ve got some good news on that front. Keep reading to find out more.
Great News in Construction
Back in 2010, Ohio was looking to build more dormitories at its state schools for the deaf and blind. The bids it initially received were so high, 46% over projections, they had to be rejected. Then in the fall, bids started coming in at 22% below the original offerings.
Some are saying that the reduction in cost was due to a less competitive environment in the construction arena. Also, it is being attributed to the fact that construction workers are no longer required to be part of the union there.
The campuses standing to gain from this new construction sit side by side in Beechwold. They are on a large, wooded area. Thankfully, these new bids allowed the project to move forward. You can read that whole story here.
In other more recent news (2017), students at the Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind surprised construction workers with their very own handmade thank you note. Blind students attached their names in braille. And, one hearing-impaired student wrote, “Thank you for all your hard work. It truly means a lot.”
The HB Construction team had been renovating Jones Hall. They were part of a “giving tree” to fulfill student requests for family members. The students were moved by the generosity of the workers who were able to “crush the tree” because every student request was met. This in turn resulted in the overwhelmingly heart felt notes included in the students own handwritten messages. Click this for the full story.
Deaf and blind individuals require specialized construction designs in a world that caters to those without these needs. Anyone desiring to enter the world of special needs construction will do best to evaluate the legalities attached to that line of work. In fact, there’s an entire subfield known as special needs architecture and some architectural firms that specialize therein.
One such firm is Dickinson & Partners. They were instrumental in the work done on the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind. ZMM Architects and Engineers joined with them to ensure that they each had working knowledge of the challenges to be faced and requirements to be met prior to undergoing the design.
Entities like this exist to protect and preserve the health and well-being of those with special needs. It would be advantageous to learn more about what construction needs exist to better support schools for the deaf and blind. For a historic understanding, read this.