The design for this new center responds directly to interactive visioning with the community and district. The main goal of providing an invigorating environment for children ages 3 to 5 was coupled with the desire for an intimate, smaller school setting that fosters collaboration and teaming.
Porch entry areas provide a “home away from home” first CAPACITY350COST PER SQ FT$250.00FEATURED IN2015 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress for children as they arrive. The porches also break down the scale of the school and provide parents an opportunity to walk their children directly into the classroom, with a defined place for parent-teacher interaction.
Once inside the learning studios, children will experience an open, stimulating environment accented with color, natural light and the ability to flow freely with their neighborhood classmates.
Three intersections within the main circulation spine denote important features: class neighborhoods, a gross motor development center and the dining commons. These octagonal spaces provide collaboration space, active display and an interior playscape.
The design also includes a dedicated area for children with special needs, a secure welcome center and a themed “adventure playground.”