Walled Lake Consolidated School District, Early Childhood Center

Novi, Michigan


TMP Architecture


Walled Lake Consolidated Schools


38,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


The Walled Lake Early Childhood Center illustrates a progressive vision for high-quality educational space beginning with the district’s youngest learners. The center was designed around the foundational elements of nature and play, supporting sensory, social emotional, deep, and hands-on learning for all students, with emphasis on empathy and inclusion. Drawing inspiration from nature, these elements are visible from the main entry through every space in the interior using natural materials, aesthetics, color, signage, and scale. Intentional design elements like the sensory lobby, the child-size door accessing the two classroom wings, the window alcove in each classroom, and the activity zone were all intentionally designed to support the whole child and connect to the HighScope learning curriculum.

Sixteen classrooms, including spaces for special education, create an inclusive environment. Flexibility is key; all classroom spaces can access one another and the common activity zone. The gross motor multiuse space supports physical therapy and indoor play opportunities for all students, and the backyard spaces aid in connecting the classrooms to nature.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

Peter Basso Associates, CommTech Design, William A. Kibbe Associates, Spalding DeDecker

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Featured in

2023 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

Pre-K/Early Childhood Education

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