Cooper Early Education Center

in K-12 education

The addition to Cooper Early Childhood Center was the final project in a series at five different building sites, totaling $29.9 million for USD 373 Newton. This project significantly advances early childhood educational capabilities with in the school district.  It adds approximately 15,400 sf of space to an existing 18,000 sf building. The new building adds four early childhood classrooms, two head start classrooms, a large multi-purpose/play area, library, testing and observation areas, conference, and office spaces.  The multi-purpose/play room features a dramatic 18 ft by 43 ft shylight, which also greatly reduces the need for artificial lighting.  An indoor "front porch" theme, gives each classroom space a unique color-coded entry identity.  In addition to the interior spaces, the project included substantial landscaping to provide numerous fenced outdoor play areas. Exterior design of the building matches the historical early 1900's original, but utilizes a modern lightweight steel frame.  The exterior envelope and mechanical/electrical systems were all designed with integral energy saving features.  The project was completed in August of 2010.