Child-Friendly, Safe, and Appropriate for Ages 6 Weeks to 5 Years

Mason Architects designed a Child Development Center that allows free transition between indoor and outdoor activity areas for 126 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, at Schofield Barracks. A design-build project with Su-Mo Builders, Inc., the 15,731 s.f. day care facility has seven primary activity areas, which extend through covered lanais to adjacent exterior play areas.

  • The use of color and texture reduces interior space to a comfortable scale for young children, and corner guards ensure soft landings.
  • As in the adjacent CDC for children ages 6-10, staff members have visual control of the entire building, and the spaces are adaptable to many uses.
  • Ceiling fans and sliding glass doors allow fresh air to circulate within the building, and clerestory windows in the high-ceilinged activity rooms maximize daylighting so that air-conditioning and lighting can be switched off when not necessary.
  • Ceramic tile and other resilient materials provide durable flooring, and the building is relatively maintenance free.
  • The building is designed to receive a LEED Silver equivalent from the Army. It is constructed of concrete masonry, with walls finished in an exterior finish system (EFC) and porcelain ceramic tile. Its green roofs reflect the heat with an SRI value of 29 or more.

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The Child Development Center, with drop off area in front and adjacent Center for children ages 6-10 on the left.