Grand Rapids Community College, Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • FIRM

    Stantec Architecture


    Grand Rapids Community College

  • AREA

    22,300 sq.ft.





Design team:
Janice Suchan, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Principal); Chris Mackey, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (Senior Project Manager); Tod Stevens, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C (Principal Designer); Steve Jelinek, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Project Designer); Kristin Simoneaux, PE, LEED AP, CPD (Mechanical Engineer)

Grand Rapids Community College’s preschool program has a 40-year ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY122COST PER SQ FT$350.00CITATIONPre-K/Early-Childhood Education CitationFEATURED IN2017 Architectural Portfolio of providing exemplary early childhood education. As design architect and engineer, Stantec Architecture worked with the college to relocate the existing program onto campus and expand its scale and impact on the local community and the college.
The new Early Childhood Learning Laboratory features a preschool facility that provides a service to the community and laboratory space that supports hands-on educational opportunity for college students. The location of the building centralizes the program to its users and creates a transition between the neighborhood to the east and the campus to the west.
The building has a flexible multipurpose room for gross motor activities, an adjacent family reception lobby, administrative support offices, and adaptable classroom laboratories (infant, toddler, preschool, and adult). Two building wings provide direct access from all classrooms to secure outdoor learning areas. Access to natural light and the ability to open the building to the exterior from every classroom were guiding design principles.
With the addition of the new child development facility, Grand Rapids Community College aims to elevate the program as a community-based resource dedicated to early childhood education for educators, parents, and providers throughout the Grand Rapids community.