The Mount Hood Community College Early Childhood Center in Gresham is a sustainable new building with multiple purposes. The center offers space for 184 children to participate in Head Start and for 60 adults to receive training while pursuing careers in child care.
Project team + Stats
Cost: $6 million
Start date: December 2010
Completion date: August 2011
Owner/Developer: Mount Hood Community College
Architect: Mahlum Architects
Engineers: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Interface Engineering
General contractor: Walsh Construction Co.» See all the TopProjects 2012 winners
The construction of this new building wasn’t a simple task, however. Construction crews had to be careful not to disturb classes and child care on the active campus.
The project team, led by general contractor Walsh Construction, found innovative ways to keep construction and site work on schedule and on budget. Ceilings in the building’s hallways are made of lumber salvaged from the college’s basement. Local high school students made cubbies and benches for the building, using materials paid for by the college.
The resulting 21,000-square-foot center includes classrooms and indoor and outdoor play spaces, as well as a kitchen that will be used to prepare meals for 15 local Head Start programs.