The Early Childhood Center provides classrooms for young students ages 3 to 6. The farmhouse holds the arts center, cafeteria and administration, with the classrooms located in the new extension. Designed to showcase the presence of the historic farmhouse, the classroom section is partially underground. These daylight classrooms open on to green slopes leading up to outdoor play areas. Safety features for the playground are integrated into the landscaping to maintain the aesthetic character of the Center, avoiding the need for high fences.
Special Features: A Sustainable Learning Environment
The Early Childhood Center is designed as an eco-friendly learning facility. The objective is, not only to create an environmentally friendly facility but to ensure that all of the spaces, internal and external, can be used as part of the education program. Creating an awareness of our environment amongst these young students is an essential element of the project.
Some of the sustainability measures implemented include:
• improved insulation
• an active lighting plan
• heat pumps
• floor heating and ceiling cooling
• photovoltaic panels
• a ground water spring and ground water indicator
• the use of recycled materials
• the use of recycled wood in the substructure
Our aim is to ensure that we reduce heat loss, reduce our use of electricity and gas and produce some of our own energy for the running of the facility. Each sustainable measure implemented is visible and accessible for students so that they can learn, in very hands on way, what sustainability is all about. Where possible, we also incorporate sustainable energy elements into their play areas.