Early Learning Center at Skinner
At-risk children who do not receive a high-quality early childhood education are 60% more likely to not attend college and 25% more likely to drop out of school. Omaha’s Early Learning Center at Skinner is a research-based program seeking to improve those statistics by cultivating abilities like self control and self regulation.
The Center brings year-round high-quality early childhood programming to the North Omaha area. It features 12 classrooms for 0-3 year olds, four flexible classrooms, interior play, multipurpose play, a fully-equipped commercial kitchen, storm shelter, and areas for administration, observation, consultation, and teacher lounge/resource room.
- The facility is heated and cooled by a heat pump system. A 135-ton cooing tower is the source of heat rejection for the system.
- A full direct digital control building automation system (BAS) was included to provide temperature control and metering.
- Two equally-sized water heaters with integral storage supply domestic hot water. Hot and cold water is distributed horizontally to the building with a hot water recirculation loop and pump.
- A light-hazard fire protection sprinkler system was provided throughout the building. The system is hydraulically calculated.
- The facility was provided with a complete data and voice communications structured cabling system, including raceways, cable trays, cable, patch panels, cable management hardware, and universal jacks.
- The Center was provided with a complete perimeter security and access control wiring system including raceways, door contacts, electric locks, motion sensors, request-to-exit sensors and buttons, card/key fob readers, cable, equipment panels, and remote monitoring capabilities.
Photography credit: Kessler Photography