The school corporation challenged the teaching staff and designers to collaborate in developing an environment focused on early-childhood learning. All elements of the building design focused on the scale and development of young students.
Natural light was a prime focus of the building design. Even on cloudy days, the spaces ASSOCIATED FIRMMichell Timperman RitzCOST PER SQ FT$129.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYPre-K/Early Childhood Education filled with daylight, providing positive emotional stimulation.
Energetic saturated colors are displayed within a neutral field in the corridors, using a modular carpet tile. The color theme continues in the classrooms, and accent color is added to identify building areas. Classroom windows have a whimsical pattern, similar to the carpet. Many of them are scaled for student heights.
Flooring used in the Physical Development Activity Center (PDAC) and cafeteria is linoleum with bright colors in an organic pattern. The space is multipurpose, designed for assemblies and community activities.
Walls of the corridors and PDAC are high- impact drywall with a high-performance coating system. This provided creative design opportunities within the budget constraints of a public school system.
"Bright and lively with good color combinations. Excellent media center and small classroom areas."--2011 jury