Recent Projects

Operation Breakthrough, Kansas City, MO
Due to engineering problems that were out of our control, the rooftop gardens could not be built for this facility. We are back to the drawing board for two play yards. We wish that the coordinating architect (not ours) could have informed both us and the client prior to spending time and their precious resources on a rooftop design that the contractor (not ours) later figured out that it was not practical for the roof to hold the play gardens. This is a good example of what happens in sequential design when members of a design team are not working in a coordinated and logical fashion. Unfortunately this is the way most design firms do operate, so child care center projects are always difficult to get up and running with other architectural firms. The good news is that we have agreed to donate some of our time to redesign the preschool and school age yards. We will keep you informed as to our progress.

Burrows Family Play Garden, Little Falls, NY
Work is continuing on the play garden for the Burrows family in upstate New York. We are working on a custom log play house that has a front porch, porch swing, loft, workable windows, electricity and matching pretend furniture. We are coordinating the design with a company that will make the log play house look like the Burrows' family log home. The garden will also include climbing poles, a tepee, a bubbling water feature, a bridge, jumping rocks, hiding bushes, a maze, a log cabin building area and an infant toddler sensory garden. This is our first play garden to be designed with parents for home use. It is very exciting seeing their enthusiasm for naturalized play for their children and relative children.

Loving Arms Daycare, Junction City, KS
Provided consultation to an existing child care center on possible expansion into a different facility. This would include not only a building renovation, but also a program expansion. Topics of discussion included writing a business plan, writing policies and procedures, developing start-up and operational budgets, market feasibility, procuring a loan and facility renovation. Time was devoted to reviewing the existing business plan, reading operational policies and evaluating budgets.