Department of Interior (DOI) Child Development Center

Location: Washington, D.C.

Project type: child care

Client: GSA and the Department of Interior


  • infant, toddler and preschooler classrooms
  • infant outdoor play area
  • administration areas
  • kitchen
  • play areas

The Department of Interior (DOI) child development center is part of a much larger renovation of the DOI building in Washington, D.C. The theme for the center relates to the purpose of the agency to protect natural resources and heritage, honor our cultures and tribal communities and supply the energy to power our future.

Within the historic DOI building, the site provides for a long, double-loaded historic corridor. The corridor was enlivened by incorporating mural walls and totem poles to signify entrance. The rhythm of the historic doors and openings are preserved.

The theme of the DOI continues in each classroom featuring a color palette and patterns from American Indian art and landscapes. Zones of activities in each classroom reflect the diversity of play and activity required in a child development center. The ceiling undulates to capture natural light from the windows. The center is designed to be LEED gold.