The new Department of Interior (DOI) Child Care Center which opened November 13, 2012 in Washington DC is GSA’s first child care center to achieve LEED Platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council. Key achievements include; exemplary performance for public transportation access, day lighting and outdoor views, energy star-rated appliances, water use reduction, and reduction in connected lighting power density, use of regionally sourced materials with recycled content and reuse of original finishes. During this project, 91.22% of construction waste was diverted from landfills. The new center at DOI headquarters is 7630 square feet with six classrooms. It features bright, colorful spaces and classrooms designed around a Native American theme, with totem poles and classroom names. Welcome to the Eagles, Bears, Ravens and Frogs.
The Brooklyn Bridge Child Development Center opened its doors March 18, 2013. This state-of-the-art child care center, located in an Art-Deco historic landmark building, is 12,000 square ft. The center was designed to achieve a LEED Silver Commercial Interiors rating. The child care center is energy efficient, equipped with Energy Star equipment and appliances, conserves water, and uses recycled materials and low emitting paints, adhesives, flooring and furnishings. This sustainable center elegantly met design challenges, fitting into historic space and modeling an interior mezzanine bridge on the New York Brooklyn Bridge.