UK Early Childhood Laboratory

University of Kentucky

Location

Lexington, Kentucky

Size

10,551 SF

In addition to consolidating their Early Childhood Department, UK was able to introduce an innovative program for visually impaired children. This made wayfinding and integration of tactile guides a critical component of the building design.

The new laboratory facilitates a hands-on approach to learning for the College of Education. Interior program space includes new classrooms for pre-school children (4), toddlers (2) and infants (1) – all with one-way observatory windows for instruction – and a sensory room. Offices for the Early Childhood Program and Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) were also integrated into the building.

Exterior renovations include improved building access and circulation for pedestrians and vehicles, as well as increased safety around the facility and on playgrounds.

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