Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center

Henderson, Kentucky

To meet the needs of a growing pre-K student population, the Henderson County School Board selected the architect to design a state-of-the-art early learning center.

This project involved the demolition of an existing school building and the construction of a new 46,000-square-foot early learning center. The new Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center features ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMWilkie Structural Engineering, Inc.; WBW Engineering; Morley & AssociatesCAPACITY400COST PER SQ FT$162.42FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio preschool classrooms equipped with smartboard technology, computer stations and learning design elements throughout the facility. The new ELC also includes four preschool resource rooms, a multipurpose room, a motor-skills room with a race-track floor and a floating ceiling that looks like clouds, media center, modern kitchen, cafeteria and administrative suite.

The building incorporates a number of safety features, including a secured front entrance, passkey-protected exterior doors, and an exterior playground area situated in the center of the facility, surrounded by the building’s walls. This project also included a 6,700-square-foot professional development center that is available for public use.