MedImmune Childcare Center

Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Size: 20,800sf

The mission of the MedImmune Childcare Center is to provide safe, high-quality onsite childcare to the children of Medimmune’s employees and to local surrounding families in the Gaithersburg, MD area. Working closely with a client focus group, the project team  emphasized connecting children and nature and creating a curriculum centered on exploring and understanding the natural world. Through a series of engaging concept design meetings, we agreed to follow a “simply elegant” design guiding principle through the entire process.

The 20,800 sq.ft curved plan frames the private forest area while the building steps down with the existing grades to provide direct access to the playground from each classroom. The program accommodates 144 children ranging from infants through preschoolers and includes an after school component for 36 kids, ages 5-11. A large Multi-purpose space connects to a south-facing roof terrace which leads to a STEM pavilion by way of a covered bridge.

The project is targeting LEED Gold certification under LEED NC 2009 and is scheduled to open in June 2017.