UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College Center for Childhood Studies
th+a is the architect behind the Center for Childhood Studies at The University of Texas at Brownsville. Located on the Fort Brown Peninsula, the Center for Childhood Studies allows UTB/TSC to expand its mission of providing an innovative beginning to a life of learning, while also enhancing the skills of the university's students.
The center serves a dual purpose, both as a childcare facility for up to 160 preschool children and as a laboratory school for early childhood research and training for our students and faculty in education and other fields.
The facility's 17,000 square feet of space are distributed among five separate buildings. The campus includes four wooden buildings, each containing two classrooms and an observation area, and the brick administration building with an art room, dining room, nurse station, and administrative and faculty offices.
The architecture is inspired by officer's quarters from old Ft. Brown photo archives, rendered in a decidedly South Texas palette of vibrant colors. Classrooms face the Fort Brown resaca, allowing cooling breezes to penetrate outdoor play areas.