Early Learning Center at Skinner Elementary

Omaha, NE

Services provided on this project:

  • Architecture,
  • Furniture Fixtures and Equipment,
  • Interior Design,
  • Landscape Architecture

Architecture Overview:

The Early Learning Center uses architecture to support the concurrent delivery of both care and education, providing disadvantaged children with a safe environment to gain confidence by engaging in physical, social, and emotional interactions with their world in age appropriate spaces and playgrounds. In plan, classrooms gather into four groups forming the arms of a pin-wheel parti, with views to nature terminating each corridor or arm. Essential support spaces are located at the pinwheel center, equidistant from the four arms; designers “expanded and retracted” the pinwheel to achieve the most effective layout. Clerestories bring natural light deep into the building, enhancing the connection to nature through changing light conditions.

Furniture Fixtures and Equipment Overview:

Interior Design Overview:

Landscape Architecture Overview:

  • CLIENT: Buffett Early Childhood Fund
  • COMPLETE: January 2016
  • AWARDS:
    • American Institute of Architects - Architecture Merit Award - 2016
    • Learning By Design - Citation of Excellence - 2018
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    Early Learning