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CNH Architects implemented their prototype YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) design in a space on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. The 12,100 sf space will include four preschool rooms, one transition room, three toddler rooms, two infant rooms, kitchen, enrichment room, meeting room, office, and outdoor playground while accommodating up to 146 children. CNH created the prototype design for YMCA ECLCs, though this location will be the first ECLC they’ve done in a ground up build.
The interior follows the standard prototype palette for YMCA ECLC projects and is full of color. Outside is brick to fit in with the neighborhood. Nichiha composite wall panels are used to provide color and interest along the busy street. The color and patterns bring vibrancy to the exterior. Nichiha panels are a patented composite of cement, fly ash, silica, recycled materials and wood fibers.
CNH’s largest fire station to date, the City of Burnsville’s Fire Station No. 1 is home to a crew of all full-time firefighters and more than 44,000 SF with 10 apparatus bays. Firefighter safety was one of nine top priorities for the station. Multiple contamination zones and a designated de-contamination area will allow firefighters to keep contaminated equipment and clothing in the apparatus bay until decontaminated. Another priority in the design was firefighter mental health. A warning system that slowly ramps up with alert tones and lighting while only alerting responding staff ensures firefighters are not awoken in an abrupt manner. The station includes areas for relaxation with different lighting to promote natural sleep rhythms, as well as a yoga studio and meditation garden. Extensive firefighter training features including Firefighter 1 and advanced training elements are another highlight of the station.