UCLA Early Care and Education Center
Los Angeles, CA
The university engaged th+a to design a high quality child care facility to support their strategic plan and to complement existing UCLA educational programs in early childhood development.
Given the urgent need and lack of suitable on-campus space, the design team worked to convert the fourth level of a shopping center- the former site of a Longs Drug store- into space appropriate for childcare use.
The final design provides light-filled, colorfully detailed spaces with a strong indoor-outdoor connection throughout the fifteen classrooms and administrative areas. The program grew to serve a total of 221 children in fifteen separate classrooms.