The Franklin School Early Learning Center
Spartanburg, South Carolina
The Franklin School is part of the larger Northside redevelopment initiative that aims to restore infrastructure and a thriving community for residents. Designed to aid in the development of children from six weeks to five years, the facility features a large window walls, extra-wide hallways and an outdoor playground accessible from all classrooms. The building also incorporates informal spaces in between the formal classroom and programmatic spaces to promote children to discover and learn.
- The team worked with the architect to study the different lighting effects of various colors, transparencies, and translucencies on samples of the glass to create the beacon effect for the clerestory windows.
- The main exterior feature of this building is the multi-colored glass clad form rising above the building. The architectural lighting that is featured through this design functions as a beacon for community members to see and identify as a place for young learners.
- By being able to show the architect how the different kinds of glass interacted with the light, we were able to help influence the design of the facade. Working with the contractor and architect, Alvine did a live mock-up on the site with a couple of different fixture options to verify our lighting design during construction. In the end, both the architect and owner were pleased with the outcome and the process we took to get there.
- Coordinated location of mechanical equipment in a centralized location on the roof to screen it from view.
- Included mechanical and plumbing features tailored to the needs of early childhood facilities, such as localized exhaust air, laundry, toy sanitizers, and plumbing fixtures that are at a toddler’s height.
Photography credit: Thomas Grady