Ann Reid Early Childhood Center

Distinguished Building Award Submission

As part of a $115M program to build and renovate four schools, the architect designed the Ann Reid Early Childhood Center, a 45,000 square foot LEED Silver school situated on an 11 acre site. The challenge was to create a welcoming and nurturing environment for the students while fostering the efficiency and the benefits of shared equipment and support spaces for the faculty and staff. Extensive data collection on learners’ habits, behaviors and needs impacted the design solution.

The one-story, steel-stud building with masonry and cement-board siding is designed to accommodate up to 480 students, ages 3 through 5, and sets a new benchmark for designing educational environments geared towards these young learners’ diverse needs. The school was conceived as a “learning village” comprised of four educational neighborhoods that connect to each other via communal areas that provide opportunities for interaction.

Each 900 square foot instructional room is designed to accommodate multiple activities. Nooks and crannies of varying sizes define the non-traditional rooms and work in conjunction with the movable furniture to provide flexibility for individual and/or group activities. These rooms have access to direct and wireless network connections, projection capabilities, wireless smart boards, and audio-amplification devices.

Architect
Wight & Company
Client
Naperville Community Unit School District 203
Consultants
  • 20/10 Engineering Group, LLC
  • Larson Engineering, Inc.
  • Shiner + Associates, Inc.
  • Wight & Company
General contractor
Lamp Incorporated
Location
Naperville, Illinois
Category
Institutional