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YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center - University of Minnesota

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.

Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy – St. Paul

Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy was founded to be a welcoming space where little ones grow into healthy, happy, bilingual kids. Together, CNH and Jardín developed a learning environment that brings this philosophy to life.
As with other Twin City locations, this facility continues the Jardín “look” with a prominent tower entry, bright vibrant interior colors, and abundant use of natural light. One of the challenges faced was the location within a well-developed city neighborhood. An efficient layout was necessary to accommodate both the tight site and the program needs of the school.
The resulting two story building does just that. Inside, a bright reception area welcomes children and their families. With an emphasis on cleanliness and playful colors, there are 2 infant, 2 toddler, 1 transition, and 2 preschool rooms for up to 150 children. A colorful indoor gym provides an environment suitable for large motor development, and nutritious meals are prepared in the commercial kitchen. The facility also houses a laundry room, staff break room, storage and janitorial closets, and the director’s office.
Outside, there is space on the small lot for parking and an outdoor play area. The signature orange tower and dragonfly logo quickly identify the school as a Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy.

Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy – Minneapolis

This former bowling alley was given new life as it was transformed into a daycare facility. Classrooms for infants through preschool age children feature bright colors, durable finishes and custom painted artwork, which enhance the vibrant, child-focused environment. In addition to the daycare, the 12,500 square foot building also houses Jardín’s corporate offices and their teacher training classrooms.

Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy – Eden Prairie

The Jardín Spanish Immersion Day Care & Preschool believes in using a holistic approach to nurture children and takes pride in their commitment to supporting bicultural communities throughout the Twin Cities. To help further this mission, CNH Architects designed their new facility to express the creativity and culture inherent in Jardín program. The one story building has 8600 square feet and a prominent two story glass atrium entry. The glass atrium was designed to exert a strong presence on the site, increase visibility of the facility from the highway and to create an identity for future Jardín facilities.
The space is organized around the children’s gym room and windows allow parents to see their children play while touring the facility. Access to daylight and the use of cleanable and durable materials was a priority in the design of the classrooms.

Burnsville Fire Station No. 1: Coming Soon

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.