Barton Malow

Early Childhood Center

Troy School District

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Troy School District’s Early Childhood Education Center serves hundreds of students, who now benefit from the same world-class education the district offers in the K12 system.

The facility was designed through the lens of a 3-5 year old child. Instead of trying to retrofit classrooms meant for older students, the entire facility was built around the needs and curriculum of preschool students. The building includes large classrooms with natural light and common spaces that promote collaboration and teaming. The goal is to provide young learners with invigorating environments, spaces that foster developmentally appropriate learning, and allow plenty of room to explore.

A Unique Structure

Adhering to the surrounding community, the team designed and constructed a school unlike an ordinary educational facility. Blending into the adjacent neighborhood, the appearance of the Early Childhood Center resembles that of a large house. The building features windows you would often see on a traditional home, siding in lieu of brick on the exterior walls, and a pitched, shingled roof as opposed to a common flat roof. The team was always on the lookout for innovative processes to use during construction. These choices not only added to the aesthetic of the building, but also kept costs low to help meet the strict budget.