Every project is different because each structure serves its own purpose. For childcare build projects, designers are concerned about several factors that could affect the comfort, productivity, performance, and well-being of the occupants. They are also focused on making the structure and its contents as efficient as possible. Below are just a few of the main concerns when making plans:
Both children and adults will occupy the buildings. Designers must be sensitive to the scale differences and how the two groups can use the facilities well. For example, the windows in the classrooms should be bigger than usual given the need to have the bottom part lower than the standard. This is to make sure that kids can see through the windows with ease while they are seated at their desks or even when they are playing on the floor. The stair railings should also be within easy reach of the little ones and the steps should not be too high.
When thinking about the cost of various construction materials, furniture, finishing, and other durable goods, the main concern should be the life-cycle cost and not just the acquisition cost. Consider the intensity of use given the hyperactivity of small children. Cheap but low quality materials will quickly be destroyed in their hands. The childcare build will find it hard to keep up with the replacements and repairs. It’s best to take a long-term view.
The security of the children under the care of the facility is of primary importance. Access should be limited to those with identification with guards stationed at the front. The classrooms and playgrounds must be separated from the entrance to keep the children away from prying eyes and maintain the facility’s privacy. Aside from access control, security equipment may be installed for detection and alarm. Adequate lighting should be installed for both indoor and outdoor areas.
The facility should be welcoming to disabled children and adults. All of the buildings codes that pertain to accessibility must be followed including the presence of access ramps, special toilets, and so on. Some facilities may even make their playgrounds more accessible by adding swings that accommodate wheelchair users and the like.
Using sustainable materials can go a long way towards protecting both the environment and the building occupants. For example, it’s best to stay away from finishes that have VOCs, lead, or asbestos. Natural light should be harnessed to reduce energy consumption. Cleaning solutions should pass environmental standards.