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  Aurora Early Learning CenterAurora Early Learning Center


DLA Architects, Ltd.
2 Pierce Place Ste 1300, Itasca, IL 60143

General Description

Location: Aurora, Illinois
LEED® Silver for New Construction
Date Bid:
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

Construction Team

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 resources.

LEED® Points Achieved           35 Total
Sustainable Sites                      6
Water Efficiency                     4
Energy & Atmosphere              5
Materials & Resources              6
Indoor Environmental Quality   10
Innovation & Design Process     4

Product Information
Block: Trendstone Plus Glazed Block: Spectra Glaze Composite Aluminum Wall Panels: Alcoa Reynobond Windows, Entrances & Storefronts,
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

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