Novi Early Childhood Education Center

TMP Architecture, Inc.

Honorable Mention 2017 Education Design Showcase

Novi Early Childhood Education Center

Honorable MentionProject Information

Facility Use: Early Childhood
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Whole Building/Campus Design
Location: Novi, MI
District/Inst.: Novi Community Schools
Chief Administrator: Dr. Steve Matthews, Superintendent
Completion Date: August 2016
Gross Area: 39,070 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 112 sq. ft.
Site Size: 6.25 acres
Current Enrollment: n/a
Capacity: 350 students
Cost per Student: $28,572
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $305
Total Cost: $10,000,000

Novi Early Childhood Education CenterMeeting the needs of children age three to five in an invigorating environment; the new Early Chilldhood Education Center (ECEC) is the result of interactive visioning with the community and district. Designers provided an intimate, smaller school setting that fosters collaboration. The team attended a national early childhood conference to learn more about how facilities can positively impact social and academic development. The 39,000-square-foot school includes 18 classrooms, a cafeteria, a multi-purpose room, and offices for Community Education and Enrollment Services. Also included is a dedicated space for children with special needs, a secure welcome center, and an adventure playground.

Novi Early Childhood Education CenterThe innovative design includes porch entries that offer home-like first impressions as children arrive, allowing parents to walk children directly into school and interact with teachers. Learning studios offer open and stimulating environments that are accented with color and natural light. Keeping young learners in mind, designers utilized all available surfaces. The floors are used as often as the tables. Three collaboration areas within the main circulation spine denote class neighborhoods, a gross motor development center, and the dining commons. Display walls in these areas feature student work and announcements. The students and their work take center stage in this facility.

Judges Comments

Good use of color for wayfinding and identifying spaces. Use of fobs for parents’ entrance is a well-thought-out idea. Transparency of the interior is a nice touch.

Novi Early Childhood Education CenterArchitect(s):

TMP Architecture, Inc.
JOHN J. CASTELLANA, FAIA, REFP
248/338-4561