Novi Community School District, Early Childhood Education Center

Novi, Michigan

  • FIRM

    TMP Architecture


    Novi Community School District

  • AREA

    39,070 sq.ft.





Design team:
John Castellana (Lead Project Designer & Educational Planner); Eric Geiser (Project Manager); John Miller (Project Designer);
Lauren Christenson & Danielle O’Grady (Interior Designers); Peter Basso Associates (MEP Engineers); McCarthy & Smith (Construction Manager)

Meeting the needs of children aged 3 to 5 in an invigorating environment, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY350COST PER SQ FT$305.00FEATURED IN2017 Architectural Portfolio new Early Childhood Education Center provides an intimate, smaller school setting that fosters collaboration. Designers attended a national early childhood conference to learn more about how facilities can improve social and academic development.
The school includes 18 classrooms, a cafeteria, a multipurpose room, and offices for community education and enrollment services. Also included is a dedicated space for children with special needs, a secure welcome center and an adventure playground. The innovative design includes porch entries that offer home-like first impressions as children arrive. This enables parents to walk children directly into school and interact with teachers. Learning studios offer open and stimulating environments that are accented with color and natural light.
Keeping young learners in mind, designers incorporated all available surfaces. The floors are used as often as the tables. Three collaboration areas within the main circulation spine denote class neighborhoods, a gross motor development center, and the dining commons. Display walls in these areas feature student work and announcements.