Blind Foundation welcomes Bay of Plenty people to its new purpose built Tauranga offices

Posted By CBC / 05 October 2015 / News / No Comments

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The Blind Foundation will be celebrating the opening of its new Tauranga offices with a public open day this Thursday 8 October 2015 from 11.00am until 3.00pm.

The purpose-built space is located at 160 Seventeenth Avenue Business Park opposite Historic Village.

“We are very excited to share this new space with all of the Bay of Plenty blindness community. These offices have been built with our unique needs in mind. It gives us an ideal venue to carry out the essential support services that are so vital to local people who are blind or have low vision,” says chief executive Ms Budd.

Leading commercial construction company, CBC Construction, was tasked to design and build the 596m2 development, CBC Construction managing director Drew Beekie says the building was designed to showcase an impressive glass frontage.

“We used a lightweight structure of composite insulated panels, with aluminium glazed curtain walling to the front façade. This provides people with ample amounts of natural daylight while working inside,” he says.

Another key feature is the interior contrasting colours applied to the different finishes, specifically to meet the needs of those with low vision.

“Part of the design brief was to include elements that would help people identify different areas within the building, making it easier to navigate.

We also had to allow for a secure area at the rear of the building for puppies in training and working guide dogs,” says Mr Beekie.

The Blind Foundation’s new Tauranga office is located at 160 Seventeenth Avenue.

The public open day on Thursday 8 October will run from 11am until 3.00pm and will feature an equipment display and an opportunity to meet members of the Blind Foundation Client Services team.

Light refreshments will also be served.

For more information please phone the Blind Foundation on 0800 243 333.


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