Early Childhood Education

  • GRCC – Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

    Providing a facility for hands-on educational opportunities

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  • Rummel Creek Elementary School

    Connecting kids with nature and collaborative learning

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Inspiring a lifelong love for learning

Early childhood facilities and providers aim to give their communities expert staff, high quality programs and materials, and developmentally appropriate learning environments. The buildings we design reinforce these essential learning components.

Our job, successfully accomplished, prepares the stage for others to become the stars—teachers optimize use of their learning environments to inspire students and students become thoroughly educated through various forms of discovery.

Our design process for early childhood education facilities is rooted in a school’s educational program goals and engages a wide range of participants such as the administrators, educators, students, and citizens. As designers, and also as parents, we strive to deliver, on time and within budget, exciting and functional designs that motivate the intellect and enhance the learning process for future generations.

Getting back to school

The COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted many long-held assumptions about how your facilities operate. Our team of planners, designers, architects, engineers, scientists, and project managers have come together to provide advice that will help you make informed decisions about the design and operations of your schools—from fostering resiliency to managing user experience to recommended facility protocols. Read More

Early learners need the right environments

High quality early education sets children on the right path to long-term academic success. Determining what high quality means in relation to building design, programming options, and the realities of a global pandemic, is what innovators like Diego Barrera, senior design architect, focus on. Diego’s article “Creating Thoughtful Environments for Early Learners,” published in School Construction News, lays out three pillars of environmental design that support effective educational delivery and outcomes. Read More
Expert Spotlight

Diego Barrera, Senior Design Architect

Each project I work on is an opportunity to create a great place for our students to thrive.

Patrick Calhoun, Senior Associate, Senior Planner

In educational building design, you like hearing how your design positively impacts students. When you extrapolate out to future generations, that experience is both joyful and humbling.
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Scott Klaus, Principal, Senior Design Architect

A great pleasure in life is doing what others say you can’t.
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Michael Lovaglio, Principal

The design process is as much about relationships as it is about capabilities; I work to develop relationships as much as my technical skills.

Jazmin Mendez, Associate

My goal is to create educational environments that foster an enduring love for learning, wonder, exploration, discovery, and community.

Gwen Morgan, Principal, Discipline Leader, Interior Design

I love designing facilities for people who devote themselves to public service and the development of future generations.
Gwen Morgan Principal, Discipline Leader, Interior Design Read More

Laura Flannery Sachtleben, Vice President, Global Education/S&T Sector Leader

I believe that architecture can and should serve as a catalyst for innovation in education.
Laura Flannery Sachtleben Vice President, Global Education/S&T Sector Leader Read More

Parul Vyas, Principal

My philosophy is that memories are created when occupants move into the buildings we design.

Diego Barrera

Senior Design Architect

Patrick Calhoun

Senior Associate, Senior Planner

Scott Klaus

Principal, Senior Design Architect

Michael Lovaglio


Jazmin Mendez


Gwen Morgan

Principal, Discipline Leader, Interior Design

Laura Flannery Sachtleben

Vice President, Global Education/S&T Sector Leader

Parul Vyas



Architecture We create spaces that are engaging and uplifting, that contribute to our collective sense of health and well-being, and encourage the sustainable stewardship of our communities.
Bond Planning & Prototypes When school districts are facing some of their most important and challenging decisions, we are there to help navigate them through to inventive solutions.
Buildings Engineering With decades of innovation and experience under our belts we’re engineering a promising future leveraging the best in building systems, technology, energy analysis, and sustainable performance.
Interior Design As humans, we spend a significant portion of our daily lives inside. We believe our emotional and physical well-being is dramatically impacted by the places where we live, work, and play.
Landscape Architecture Whether it's an urban park, a restored wetland, an athletic complex, or a waterfront destination--through analysis, planning, and design, we create inspired landscapes that reflect context and user needs.
Program & Project Management We know from experience that delivering a complex project without surprises doesn’t mean there won’t be challenges, but our creative approach to planning and controls can head off most problems.
Research + Benchmarking Expertise is not static. Through our Research + Benchmarking program, we connect team members across sectors, geographies, and disciplines to continually learn and improve.

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