Early Learning Center|
DLA Architects, Ltd.
2 Pierce Place Ste 1300, Itasca, IL 60143
LEED® Silver for New Construction
June 2010 Construction Period: Aug 2010 to Aug 2011
Total Square Feet: 21,557 Site: 1.18 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 11 classrooms, large motor skill room.
Building Size: First floor, 10,980; second floor, 10,577;
total, 21,557 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’4”; second floor, 13’4”;
floor to floor, 13’4”; total, 31’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab on grade, grade beams & caissons.
Exterior Walls: CMU, glazed & glass block, aluminum panel.
Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls:
Metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: 1208.3 Kbtu/yr
Structural Engineer: Pease Borst & Associates, Ltd. - 18
Executive Court, Barrington, IL 60010
General Contractor: Sigalos & Associates, Ltd. - 915 Hawthorn
Drive, Itasca, IL 60143
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Berg Engineering Consultants,
Ltd. - 801 W. Wise Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193
Cost Estimator: Shales McNutt Construction - 425 Renner Drive,
Elgin, IL 60123
Civil Engineer: W-T Civil Engineering - 2675 Pratum Avenue,
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
Landscape Architect: WRD Environmental, Inc. - The Chicago Center
for Green Technology - 445 N. Sacramento Blvd., #201, Chicago, IL 60612
The One Hope United Child Development Program at the Aurora Early
Learning Center supports families by providing accessible, affordable,
high-quality child care and early education that encourages the social,
emotional, intellectual and physical development of children. The new,
state-of-the-art facility with 11 classrooms was designed and built on a
modest budget to reflect the character, culture and scale of the
surrounding neighborhood, while exhibiting the playful, welcoming and
open design crucial to a successful center for children aged 6 weeks to
12 years, their parents, and the surrounding community.
The Learning Center includes a gross motor room for indoor play, as well
as staff and parent resource rooms. A spacious conference room provides
for center and community-wide meetings. The facade utilizes setbacks to
reduce the scale of the two story structure to relate to the scale of
the surrounding neighborhood homes. A stair tower, located facing the
main access street has colored glass windows that when illuminated at
night act as a playful welcoming beacon in the community.
After the program for the Center was established, DLA Architects
facilitated a Sustainable Design/Eco-Charette. This design Charette
invited project stakeholders and the design team to join in a day of
creative thinking and lively discussion to outline the energy,
sustainability, and environmental design aspects of One Hope United's
new building. The resulting building and its site are intended to be a
learning tool for the students, parents and surrounding community,
reflecting Green and Sustainable Design principles.
The plan takes advantage of wonderful views of mature trees and open
fields of an adjacent historical memorial. The site includes playground
space, with separate areas for infants/toddlers, two-year olds and
preschool/school-age children, designed for active childhood play, as
well as lawn and garden spaces - perfect for outdoor gatherings and
discovery. Children also learn about planting and growing vegetables in
the garden area. A rain barrel collects rainwater to irrigate the
garden. Vegetable gardens, rain barrels, and recycling areas are just
some of the features on display in and around the building designed to
show students and parents how they can incorporate environmentally
friendly practices into their daily lives.
The facility is a catalyst for shaping the social conscience of
families, staff and the surrounding community by teaching the benefits
of environmental stewardship. The building exemplifies the quality of
life, energy conservation practices and community connectivity
philosophy of One Hope United. Designed to meet high performance
standards, the Aurora Early Learning Center is LEED® Silver Certified.
The building is a community showcase for demonstrating sustainable
building materials, energy conservation, and the use of renewable
LEED® Points Achieved
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality 10
Innovation & Design Process 4
Block: Trendstone Plus Glazed Block: Spectra Glaze
Composite Aluminum Wall Panels: Alcoa Reynobond Windows,
Entrances & Storefronts,
Curtainwall: Kawneer Skylights: Wasco Hollow Metal Doors &
Frames: CECO Hardware: Schlage, LCN, Von Duprin
Glazing: PPG Gypsum: USG Flooring: Johnsonite, Tandus,
InterfaceFlor Elevators: Otis
Roller Window Shades: Hunter Douglas