Grinnell College, Pre-School Psychology Laboratory

Categories: Education, LEED/Sustainable
Owner: Grinnell College
Size: 5,728 sq. ft.
Year Completed: 2011
Architect: BNIM
Delivery Method: Negotiated, Design-Assist

Project Description

The Grinnell College pre-school, serves approximately 50 local children each year and holds a five-star rating from the Iowa Department of Human Services, The facility also serves as a real-time laboratory for approximately 100 Grinnell College psychology students who observe and interact with the preschoolers for introductory coursework. An additional 20-40 upper-level students conduct developmental psychology research projects there.

Neumann constructed a new building that was 5,728 sq. ft. total and has quite a few unique child development elements incorporated into the building such as: a tornado "safe room" built out of concrete block, high velocity doors with reinforced special latches, an observation room with a one-way window and audio/visual technologies for recording, floor-to-ceiling tack board and floor-to-ceiling marker board with the doors incorporated.