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  Riley Child Development Center & Family Learning Center, Page 52Riley Child Development Center & Family Learning Center
110 West North Street, #300, Greenville, SC 29601

Pelzer, South Carolina
Total Square Feet: 23,000
Construction Period: July 2003 to Apr 2004 

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Professional Engineering - P.O. Box 8836, Greenville, SC 29604
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: New Carolina Construction Co., Inc. - P.O. Box 17526, Greenville, SC 29606
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Matrix Engineering, Inc. - 912 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
COST ESTIMATOR: Conceptual Estimates - 158 Pickering Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

The Riley Child Development Center and Family Learning Center is located in Pelzer, South Carolina and is part of the Greenville County School District. The center is named after the former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and his wife, Tunky for their long-time contributions to education.

The center opened in August 2004 and focuses on school readiness and improving literacy by exposing 4-year-old kindergarten children and adults to an environment rich in language and print. There is also a small program for children ages 2 years and under.

A total of 100 children are served in 5 full-day 4K (4-year old, kindergarten) classes. Teachers also conduct home visits, family activities, and parent meetings throughout the year. The center makes an incredible difference in helping kids be ready for the first grade.

The Family Learning/GED program provides a cluster of educational activities including parent/child interaction; early childhood education for small children; parent education, which teaches parents about the skills and demands of parenthood; and adult education, which helps parents of young children obtain their GED.

Through the nationally validated Parents as Teachers program, families with children from birth to age 3 are provided parent education during monthly home visits, regular parent meetings, and other educational family activities.

The center also hosts a variety of activities such as family and parent conferences, community events, and senior functions. It is the desire and goal of the center to be involved in the community as an outreach tool in the learning process.

The center was designed to complement the architecture of the adjacent elementary school. The building uses a masonry veneer, window systems, metal roofing, and covered walkways similar to the elementary school. An arched entry element incorporates an exposed structure and radius roof that reflects the original school building that was demolished to make room for the new center. The 23,000-square-foot single story building utilizes a radial plan that has classroom wings located off a core of administrative and support spaces. The building is oriented on the site to maximize the facility's visibility and to tie the center and the elementary school together in a campus setting.

The building's family atmosphere is reinforced through the interior finishes, furnishings, and artwork. Outside play yards, framed by the classroom wings, provide flexibility and easy access for all students. In addition, the play yards overlook Ellen Woodside Elementary School, providing the center's children an opportunity to watch the elementary students play and learn. A unique component of the design is a screened porch with rocking chairs and ceiling fans that create a comfortable and stimulating outdoor area for the infants and toddlers.

As this center grows, the Greenville County School District is looking to expand these types of facilities in others parts of the county to ensure that "no child is left behind," and the needs of the families are met. A portion of this facility is currently being planned for future family counseling.

DIV 04: Brick: Boral.
DIV 07: Standing Seam Metal Roofing, Wall Panels: MBCI.
DIV 08: Aluminum Storefront, Doors: Kawneer; Glass: AFG.
DIV 09: Epoxy Flooring: Novolac 125# by Palma, Inc.

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