The Anchor Center for Blind Children is a school built to specifically suit the needs of blind and partially sighted children. As children with visual impairments tend to be sensitive to light and can perceive color, classrooms feature appropriate colored and textured walls to benefit “way finding.” Outside, a cane walk features wood, flagstone and pavers to help the children experience different textures. A sensory garden with bridges, waterfalls, and playgrounds offer safe places for climbing and riding tricycles. Concrete paths feature progressively closer control joints to give children a sense of approaching the front door. Several times during the building’s construction the Fransen Pittman team provided hands-on tours of the project in progress to Anchor Center students.
This project received the AGC- ACE Gold Award in 2007 for Contribution to the Community.