Inspire And FBC Logo


The beneficiary for the 2013/2014 Inspire Foundation design project is the Foundation for Blind Children. FBC’s east valley campus was constructed 20 years ago and hasn’t been touched since. In that time the facility has served hundreds of children, adults, families and friends with services too numerous to mention. Not only have the methods for teaching visually disabled children changed over two decades, the space requirements for this growing organization have increased. That is what Inspire Foundation’s design project for 2013 and 2014 addressed.


Due to the size of the project and the fact that the children are in school for a majority of the year, Inspire Foundation and IMI Design decided to break the project into two phases. Each phase was implemented over the school’s summer break when the children were out for vacation. Phase 1 was finished just in time for the children and staff to start the new school year and it would never have been possible without the amazing support of everyone involved. It was a magnificent example of how the design community came together to create something amazing. Phase 1 included renovations to existing classrooms, a complete remodel of the entrance and lobby areas as well as the main corridor. In addition to aesthetic changes, a new , state of the art, security system was installed, A/C repairs were carried out, custom art work was created for the interior and the exterior.

See a complete presentation of the planned Phase 2:  PRESENTATION_PHASE 2

Inspire Foundation was pleased to hear that the Foundation for Blind Children received a significant capital improvement grant in 2014. Because that grant allowed them to move forward more rapidly and in broader scope the implementation of Phase 2 was adjusted accordingly and the project is considered complete. We are so grateful for everyone who worked tirelessly to bring this together and we look forward to working with you all again on future projects.

This project would never have been possible without the selfless, generous support of our sponsors.
Thank you from the bottom of our heart.

Mr. William Abbey – Monetary Donation
Arizona Tile – Tile for Classrooms
Arte del Amor – Custom Art for Lobby
AZ Art Solutions – Art Hanging
Ms. Lynne Beyer – Monetary Donation
Mr. John Boesel – Monetary Donation
Mr. and Mrs. Cesare and Myra Caldarelli – Monetary Donation
CNA Construction – Main Entrance Tile Installation
Costello Childs Contemporary Fine Art – Offering Art Assistance
Custom Trim – Custom Trim Fabrication and Installation
Cyber Sound – Security System and Installation
Designers Workroom – Offering Fabrication Services
Ms. Marti Diehl and Friends – Donation of Time and Labor
Diversified Wallcoverings – Installation of Wall Treatments
Dunn Edwards Paint – Paint Supplies
Facings of America – Tile for Main Entrance
Hauling AZ – Pick Up and Delivery of Freight Materials
Higgins Architects – Offering Architectural Services
Mr. Greg Fahlman – Monetary Donation
Isham Drywall – Drywall Supplies and Installation
Mr. Jeff Jirele – Monetary Donation
JW and Associates – Assistance with Acrylic Supplies
John Brooks, Inc. – Offering Fabric Supplies
La Casa Builders – Construction and General Contractor Services
Linear Fine Woodworking – Fabrication of Custom Console and Bancos
Luster Custom Homes – Offering Contractor Services
Ms. Alisha McClain – Donation of Time and Labor
Ms. Siena Mueller – Donation of Time and LaborMs. Sophie Mueller – Donation of Time and Labor
Mr. P’s Blind and Shade Co. – Window Treatments and Installation
Pacific Furniture – Offering Upholstery Work
Pacific Resource Group – Assistance with Upholstery Fabric
Papagnos Marble – Offering Slab and Services
Pete King Construction – Painting Supplies and Labor
R.A.G. Building Maintenance & Repair – A/C Repair
Robert Allen Fabrics – Upholstery Fabrics
Ross Custom Upholstery – Upholstery Labor
Salcito Custom Homes – Offering Contractor Services
Sanfoot – Wall Covering
SIG Fotos – Event and Project Photography
Slater Sculpture – Fabrication and Installation of Exterior Panels
Southwest Sandblasting and Painting – Powder Coating of Exterior Panels
Tango Media, LLC – Monetary Donation
Mr. Theodore Steinberg – Monetary Donation
Mr. Guy Stewart – Donation of Time and Labor
Sun Lighting – Assistance with Lighting Supplies
Sun Valley Carpets – Installation of Carpeting
Tsontakis Architecture – Architectural Consulting Services
Underfoot Luxury Carpeting – Assistance with Carpeting Materials and Wall Boards
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew and Emily Walkerwicz – Monetary Donation
Wall Resources – Assistance with Wallcovering Supplies
Wang Electric – Electrical Services
Wood Design – Offering Labor for Fabrication and Installation of Cabinetry
Mr. Peter Zakos – Monetary Donation