Creating an innovative multi-functional facility that ties to the surrounding natural environment
Located on North Island College’s (NIC) forested Comox Valley campus on Vancouver Island, the Centre of Excellence in Early Learning celebrates the spirit of play while blending with the “campus in the woods” feeling. The centre will train qualified early childhood educators for work in childcare spaces in critical need across the region.
With an innovative child-focused design, this unique multi-functional facility combines education and hands-on learning within an active childcare setting by adding 75 new childcare spaces as well as innovative teaching areas for early childhood educators. The ground-floor “atelier” and the second-floor multipurpose area will encourage community connections and exchange between educators, students, children, and families. Using principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, the childcare spaces and surrounding outdoor play areas act as a “third teacher,” providing opportunities for discovery, expression, and connection to nature and the larger community. Our team served as prime consultant for this project, providing architecture, electrical engineering, and acoustics and vibration services.
The centre will offer a contemporary face to NIC that highlights the “wood-first” approach while supporting high-quality, inclusive, and affordable early learning and childcare for families in the community.
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