The Glenn D. Cunningham Early Childhood Center is an adaptive re-use of an existing light manufacturing facility, including gut renovation and restoration of the existing brick facade in a densely-built urban neighborhood. This small, community-based school contains five classrooms, an Indoor Play Area, and support services for full-day and after-care programs.
The existing building occupied the full site. Creation of a bright, well lit interior play space was critical. A 14’ high vaulted ceiling and large East / West windows were created to provide a sense of openness and abundant daylight; these features are clearly visible from the street.
Brick, cast stone, signage and window guards were detailed to create a strong identity as a valued community resource. The paper cut motifs in window guards and signage and the bright blue ‘cloud’ equipment screens mark the project as a children's facility.
Interior windows were used to bring in light through multiple surfaces. Tile patterns were chosen to visually coordinate with window systems, finishes, and lighting.
Patterns that evoke board games were chosen for floor treatments.