At A Glance:
Location: Muncie, IN
Size: 113,650 sq. ft.
Type: New Construction
Services: Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Energy, Technology, Interiors, Civil, Landscape Architecture, Construction Administration
The Arc of Indiana had a dream of creating a place where individuals with disabilities could gain post secondary education in an immersive learning environment—a working hotel . The project’s primary goal was to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities by providing training in the hospitality, culinary, and healthcare industries. Schmidt Associates applied our collaborative philosophy and created a space with the full understanding of what our client needed to meet their unique challenges. The design culminated in a 150 room hotel with a fully integrated training center and two restaurants. Through this unique design and local partnerships, the center allows those with disabilities from across Indiana to attend this life changing training institute, to learn the vocational and living skills to achieve independence.
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“We knew we were doing something very special. We wanted shared passion for the project, not just experts in their field. Our architect had never built a hotel but had history with post-secondary education, and Wayne is one of the most big-hearted people I’ve ever met.”