Child Development / Day Care Centers

It’s fun to design for kids. They need plenty of opportunity for expression. In the day-care center at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia, Maryland, we designed the corridors to be large murals upon which the children could draw and paint or change, as they saw fit. We have found that almost all spaces have some opportunity for creative expression.

We once asked elementary children what they thought a school should be like. They said it should be like a big running track with eating stations all along the way. What were they saying? That young children are energetic and need to move and have sporadic and frequent needs for food and energy replacement. We try to listen, understand, and respond to their needs.

We don’t want to leave staff out. Sometimes their energy is no match for that of their charges. Their needs must be addressed, also. Adequate down-time space and rooms that work and are easy to supervise are important.

Clark Road Child Development Center
Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland
Design of a child development center at Clark Road for the care of 303 children including playgrounds.

Chizuk Amuno Congregation
Pikesville, Maryland
Renovation for classrooms, child development center, and gross motor skills.

Ft. Belvoir Child Development Center
Ft. Belvoir, Virginia
One-story building for care of 303 children with classrooms, playgrounds, offices, kitchen, reception, activity rooms, and mechanical spaces.

Lornewood Child Development Center
Columbia, Maryland
New Montesorri day care center with classrooms, administrative offices, faculty lounge, and outdoor recreation area.

National Institutes of Health Day Care Center
Bethesda, Maryland
Addition to house the day care center for children of the Clinic Center staff.

New Antioch Baptist Church Child Development Facility
Randallstown, Maryland
Design included child development center, classrooms, kitchen and offices.

O’Donnell Heights Child Development Center
Baltimore, Maryland
Child development center for 100 pre-school and school-aged children. Center contains five classrooms, multi-purpose room, full prep kitchen, office, and health room. Also exterior playground, storage building, parking lot, and bus drop-off.

Owing Mills Jewish Community Center
Owings Mills, Maryland
Complete A/E services for 13 classroom Preschool/Daycare Addition for ages two through five. Design includes playgrounds, multipurpose room, gross motor skills room, observation room and staff support areas.

Park Heights Jewish Community Center
Park Heights, Maryland
Complete A/E services for 13 classroom Preschool/Daycare Addition for ages two through five. Design includes playgrounds, multipurpose room, gross motor skills room, observation room and staff support areas.

Providence Adult Day Care Center
Baltimore, Maryland
Medical day care center for 50 adults including dining room, multi-purpose room, craft areas, and health care facilities.

Providence Baptist Church
Baltimore, Maryland
New church building including multi-purpose facility, child development center, church school and active solar heating system

Ruffner Road Child Development Center
Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland
Design of a child development center at Ruffner Road for the care of 303 children including playgrounds.

Self-help Center
Dahlgren Naval Surface Weapons Center
Dahlgren, Virginia
Design included day care facility

Self-help Center
U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland
Design included day care facility

 

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