Revitalizing Woodlawn: The James Rushton Early Learning Center
Melissa Stewart - May 18, 2017
TurnerBatson joined the Woodlawn Foundation and the James Rushton Foundation in celebrating the opening of a new child development center in the heart of the Woodlawn community.
The Woodlawn Foundation follows a holistic approach to community revitalization based on the “Purpose Built Communities” model. This 16,000 square-foot facility will play a vital role in the approach by offering a learning hub for children within the district. The center will serve 100 children ages six weeks to four years old by creating a safe, light-filled environment that allows each child the opportunity to learn and grow in a quality program.
“The goal is to create a solid foundation for the rest of the education pipeline in the Woodlawn community to make sure that all students have the opportunity and necessary supports to successfully transition from birth to college and/or career,” said Sally Mackin, Executive Director of the Woodlawn Foundation.
In the true spirit of revitalization, the design repurposes an existing bank building that had fallen into despair. The salvaged structure allowed for numerous design opportunities such as multi-purpose classrooms, age-specific playgrounds and a full-service kitchen. The prominent green “W” at the main entrance reinforces the sense of community that continues to grow in Woodlawn.
The second phase of the project may include a 12,000 square-foot warehouse renovated into a Family Success Center.
“We were so honored to be a part of this project team,” said TBA President, Dave Reese. “This is a happy building inside and out! It is a safe, bright, vitalized space that will make a difference in this community for generations.”