The Chickasaw Nation Child Development Center is designed to provide state-of-the-art childcare services in the Ada, Okla., community where many of the residents are of the Chickasaw or other Native American tribes. Services are provided for up to 250 local children from the age of six weeks to CAPACITY250COST PER SQ FT$206.00FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio years.
The building exterior is designed to fit the conservative southwestern motif used throughout the Chickasaw Nation facilities. The interior is designed around a "Fun Town" theme reminiscent of traditional fairy tales, tactile in nature and stimulating to the imagination. The functional zones are identified by unique graphics and include Fun Town Police Station, Fun Town Fire Station, Jack Sprat Toy Co., Three Blind Mice Book Store, Curly Locks Barber Shop, Piggy Bank & Trust, London Bridge and others. Wayfinding is facilitated by a series of street signs and physical addresses on the spaces. The Chickasaw language is integrated with all the signage helping to reinforce their culture in an ever-changing world.
The facility is equipped with three safe rooms, a commercial kitchen with dining area, indoor play spaces, aerobics room, age-appropriate classrooms, art spaces and sick-child spaces—all finished with child-friendly, antimicrobial and durable materials.