New Early Learning Center

Des Plaines, Illinois


East Maine School District 63


40,444 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


This child-centered and nature-inspired Early Learning Center uses research-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum to dictate a child’s experiences within. A focus on play-based learning moves children through varied learning settings designed to support different aspects of holistic child development. The four Learning Hubs are key to this experience-based program.

• The “Imagination Station” is a library-type space that provokes inquiry and exploration with a puppet theater and a stage.
• Young children are exposed to STEM concepts in the “Tinker Lab.” It provides the environment for them to make sense of problems and work to solve them.
• Children learn positive attitudes toward food and health in the nutrition-focused “Make It Market.”
• The “Fitness Factory” is designed to support both structured and unstructured physical activity for large motor development.

To further support wellness, biophilic design is woven throughout the building and creates a sense of emotional safety. Setting the tone for the experience, the entry begins on a wooded path with a real tree; the corridor mimics walking through the woods alongside a river flowing past each hub.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

20/10 Engineering Group, LLC, WT Group, Amalgamated Endeavors Inc.

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Bronze Citation

Featured in

2021 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

Pre-K/Early Childhood Education

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Physical-Education Flooring by Gerflor Sports Flooring
Brick/Masonry by Oldcastle Architectural
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Door Hardware by ASSA ABLOY
Doors by VT Industries
Insulation by Rockwool
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by American Standard
Roofing by CertainTeed
Roofing by Versico
Windows by Pella
Lighting & Accessories by Finelite
Lighting & Accessories by Ledalite
Lighting & Accessories by Lightolier
Emergency Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
Lounge Furniture by Jonti-Craft
Lounge Furniture by Leland
Office Furniture by National Office Furniture
Office Furniture by HON
Childcare Furniture by Gressco
Childcare Furniture by Jonti-Craft
Childcare Furniture by Artco Bell
Childcare Furniture by Wisconsin Bench
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Eclipse
Playground Equipment by Playworld Systems
HVAC Units by ClimateMaster
HVAC Control Devices by Honeywell
Draperies/Blinds by Draper
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
Paint/Wallcoverings by Koroseal
Walls/Wall Materials by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope
Walls/Wall Materials by James Hardie
Walls/Wall Materials by Nichiha
Walls/Wall Materials by Pac-Clad
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