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How Big is too Big? How Small is too Small? - Child Care Facility Design

by Gary T. Moore, Ph.D.
July/August 1996
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A few years ago, I had the chance to visit a corporate child care center in Racine, Wisconsin, that had been touted for years as being state of the art. A group of us, including William Brubaker of Perkins & Will Architects from Chicago, famous for their school building designs, were invited to tour the facility and give our impressions to the director.

We were quite amazed by the center. In the middle was a giant gym-like space, with a very high, two-story ceiling and lots of light pouring in from all sides. It was very photogenic. However, it was also incredibly noisy and, as a result, often underutilized.


As we talked with the staff members and observed children in the rooms surrounding the central "atrium," the noise poured in on us. The director was well aware of this problem, just a few years before having done a major retrofit of all the ceiling acoustic tiles to try to contain the noise - but to no avail. Was the space too large, both in floor plan and in height? And was it in the wrong location, being in the center, immediately ...

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