Project Detail


Early Childhood Development Center

Gresham, OR United States



Project Description

Conceived as a village of small play-learn communities surrounded by nature, this new Early Childhood Development Center resembles a cluster of houses. In support of concepts identified by Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in the Woods, the design promotes a strong connection to nature. Low ceilings respond to the scale of the children and kite shaped trusses harvest daylight from above the corridors into the play-learn spaces while maintaining a low volume. Window seats provide views into the external play yard and beyond. Reclaimed wood ceilings, rich colors and handcrafted benches fabricated by local high school students reinforce the familiar, homelike character of the center. In the play spaces, deep walls serve the dual purpose of providing spaces for children to claim for themselves by carving out caves, window niches and benches as well as meeting the need for abundant and directly accessible storage in each room.


Project Details

Early Childhood Development Center
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Project Team:
    Diane Shiner AIA LEED AP
  • Project Manager: Kurt Haapala AIA LEED AP 
  • General Contractor: Walsh Construction 
  • Project Architect: Beth Brett AIA LEED A 
  • Project Designer: Rene Berndt AIA LEED AP 
  • Landscape Consultant: Greenworks 
  • Structural Engineer: HHPR 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering 
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Project Size:
    22,740 sq ft
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Specified Products

VPI Quality Windows Vinyl Windows

Endyrance Series

Most decisions in this project were budget driven and extensive research by the general contractor Walsh Construction between aluminum clad wood windows, fiberglas windows and vinyl windows resulted in the selection of VPI windows. The following advantages where established: Longtime maintenance, structural performance, energy efficiency (Solar heat gain and termal loss was less then the other systems) combined with lowest cost.

James Hardie Building Products Horizontal 8" Lap Siding

HL 10 Lap Siding, Smooth Finish

Installed as a vented rainscreen system, the horizontal hardi lap siding created an affordable, durable envelope with a residential scale. The painted surface created a clean background for architectural heightlights built from rough sawn stained cedar boards and trim as well as exposed gouted CMU veneer finished elements.



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