Holabird & Root designed an addition and fully renovated SIUE’s 25-year-old Early Childhood Center. The existing building is economically utilized and yet, entirely transformed in the new larger structure. A warm, open, daylight-filled atmosphere is created by strong views to the exterior throughout the center. Abundant interior windows connect classrooms to shared public spaces, and a muted color palette emphasizes natural materials.
Children have ample opportunities to work interactively in both their interior and exterior environment. The new facility offers new classroom, meeting, and resource center spaces for teachers, parents, and other involved adults from both the extended campus and community partnerships. A large central open space supports gross motor and enrichment activity for the children as well as larger group gathering and teaching.