DOI Child Development Center

Location: Washington, DC

The Department of Interior (DOI) child development center is part of a much larger renovation of the DOI building in Washington, DC. 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.

The child's experience of scale and texture and how it relates to the mission of the Department of the Interior was also an important part of the design of the space. The site provides for a long, double-loaded historic corridor. The corridor was enlivened by incorporating unique mural walls and totem poles at each classroom entry door. The rhythm of the historic doors, openings, and tile flooring 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 certified as LEED Platinum.