Educare of Winnebago

Winnebago, Nebraska

30,000 GSF

Educare is a collaborative effort between the Ounce of Prevention Fund and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. The program offers year-round care and education for economically disadvantaged children from birth to five years of age. Educare also hosts parenting classes, health, community and job fairs, and serves as a meeting space for non-profit organizations. Educare Winnebago is the first school to serve a Native American community and combines their typical best practices with activities that honor local culture and traditions.


  • Complete building energy management.
  • Fully-sprinklered wet pipe fire protection.
  • Outdoor and exhaust air heat recovery distributed to individual heat pumps.
  • Special consideration was given to the temperature and air quality at child level, plus or minus 36 inches above finished floor.
  • Mechanical system utilized an energy-efficient ground heat exchanger system for the heat pumps. Multiple vertical pipes were installed in the ground to heat and cool the building.
  • Ventilation air was pre-treated with energy recovery ventilators to increase energy efficiency.
  • Interior and exterior lighting design, including accent lighting and parking areas. All lamps are required to be “shielded” to protect children from shattering glass.
    remote monitoring capabilities.
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