Miami Lighthouse for the Blind Expansion Miami, FL
The 29,284-square-foot expansion of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’s Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is creating a new five-story center adjoining the existing campus. Keeping all facilities operational throughout the 11-month project, Miller is adding 8,595 square feet of classroom and office space plus two levels of covered parking, as the building footprint expands to encompass the 1.39-acre site.
Craftsmanship, precise scheduling and close coordination are crucial, with Miller’s crews connecting four of the new Learning Center’s stories with a parking and classroom structure completed in 2018. Challenges range from matching floor elevations, to tying into the existing storm drainage system and ensuring new building finishes match. At the fourth floor, for example, Miller will demolish a portion of exterior wall and connect the buildings at a storage room location. Miller is employing Building Information Modeling (BIM) for clash detection and coordination of trades to ensure the entire project runs smoothly.
Design features that align with Miami Lighthouse’s mission of serving the visually impaired of all ages include use of Braille in signage and elevators. Three stair towers leading to specific locations will help students exit the building safely. The build also includes a playground and green space where students can learn orientation and mobility skills and play in a safe environment.