Indian Prairie District Service Center and ECFE Building

Aurora, Illinois

The district wanted to house two different functions in a two-story, office-type building. The desire was for the district offices to be on the top floor and its early-childhood program on the first floor. The two programs were different not only in nature, but also in size.

A unique look to the exterior of the building was created by using two different classroom ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$131.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized on the lower-floor plan. By juxtaposition of these groupings, the lower level of the building moved in and out of the larger and more simplified upper level. Visually, this clearly defined the difference between the upper and lower activities, as well as defined outdoor play areas for the early-childhood program.

The building needed two separate entrances with separate approaches and parking. The design of the building established the entrance to the early-childhood program, dropoff and parking on the northeast side. By extending a portion of the building that includes the activity area, office and entry out of the two-story mass, the design achieves a lower entry that is more in scale with the early-childhood program.

The district office entry and parking are on the southwest side of the building. Design elements served to characterize this entry as a more corporate look. This entry is separate and secure from the childcare activities and programs.

The ECFE/preschool center serves 360 disabled and non-disabled students and represents a unique model for a preschool operated by a public school district. The preschool center is open to all eligible children in the community. Non-disabled children must pay a tuition.

Photographer: ©Steve Ouska