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Corning Children’s Center

Project Info

Name: Children's Center

Client: Corning Children's Center

Location: Corning, New York

Project Data

Size: 24,000 square feet

Sustainability: LEED Silver

Completion Date: 2008

Designer: D.W. Arthur Associates (Boston, MA)

Project Summary

The Children's Center is a daycare and pre-school facility that was built with children and the environment in mind. The center is designed in four quadrants for separate spaces of learning based on age group, surrounding garden courtyards for children to play safely outdoors. The finishes feature superior cabinetry and masonry work. The building site was designed to foster long-term sustainability goals - the heat island effect is reduced by using white roofing materials; a large percentage of the site remains as open space; and special attention was paid to the indoor air quality with the use of air-sensing technology. The project was not originally designed to obtain a LEED goal but after working closely with the project stakeholders and the design team, Welliver was able to achieve a LEED Silver certification.


The center was built in two phases. The new building was built across from the existing building. This gave the stakeholders - the staff, parents and children - up-to-the-minute progress updates and provided hands-on education about construction and the environment to the children. Finally, the original building (which Welliver also managed the construction in the 1970s) was demolished and turned into a parking area. Safety was of the utmost importance as the teams were working around an occupied area and had to maintain high levels of security to the site. Other challenges of this project included working cohesively with the subcontractors to execute the project in a short time period, overcome long lead times on materials and maintain the level of quality the client was expecting.

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