College of DuPage Early Childhood Education and Care Facility

Location: Glen Elyn, Illinois
Program: Childcare Facility
Status: Complete, 2007
Photography: © Hedrich Blessing, Kate Joyce

The College of DuPage Early Childhood Education and Care Facility expands the College’s current Early Childhood Education Program into a state-of-the-art building at the Glen Ellyn main campus. The Center is a model early childhood facility, reflecting and promoting the latest research and best teaching practices in the field of early childhood development.

The Louise Beem Early Childhood Development Center is a 22,500 square foot building serving 116 children. This new building houses a number of programs for the college’s students, faculty and the surrounding community. The Student-Parent Co-op provides part-time childcare for COD students with children, as well as offer full-time childcare for the families of the faculty and surrounding community. The center incorporates innovative, reliable, cost-effective, and energy efficient technologies into the design of the building. The design reflects both the college and the vibrant energy of the young inhabitants within the building. It provides a welcoming and thought-provoking environment surrounded by natural materials and daylight, which are important in the education and healthy development of children.

An effort was made to incorporate innovative, reliable, cost-effective, and energy efficient technologies into the design of the building. Most significantly, the use of a geothermal ground source heating and cooling system was viewed by the College of DuPage as a powerful opportunity to educate students and local citizens about the effectiveness of the system.