Blind Industries Services of Maryland

  • Scope: Complete renovation
  • Total Project Cost: $2.9 million
  • Type of Project: Manufacturing
  • Length of Project: 8 months

When Blind Industries Services of Maryland relocated its Raleigh operations to a new 95,000-square-foot space, this transition enabled the organization to make a wide range of facility upgrades. This project has increased the employment of visually impaired individuals in the Triangle area, thereby improving their overall quality of life.

The creation of this facility presented an entirely new set of challenges for the design and construction teams. To guarantee that the final product was compatible with the needs of Blind Industries’ visually impaired employees, Riley Contracting Group took time to understand and implement solutions that would help these individuals thrive in their new work environment. Examples of this include making the workplace tactile in nature and ensuring all necessary tools were within arm’s reach of the workers. Although these may seem like simple modifications, they were part of a thorough planning process.

In addition, the facility required a wide range of updates and installations, including new HVAC rooftop systems, new lighting and electrical systems, an upgraded sprinkler system, reconfigured offices and restrooms, and new finishes throughout the entire facility. In addition, Riley Contracting Group was tasked with rigging and moving all industrial equipment and reinstalling it at the new location.

During the project, there was a need to change superintendents unexpectedly. With the team unavailable due to other ongoing projects, Mike Riley, founder of the company, stepped forward and managed the job through completion – another example of the company’s commitment to client service.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Fredrick Puente, president of Blind Industries, lauded Riley Contracting Group, saying, “Riley Contracting Group does what they say they are going to do – at the right time and for the right price. We highly recommend their services.”