Award of Merit - Higher Education/Research

This new state-of-the-art facility, hands-on teaching laboratory and parenting education center houses Harris-Stowe State University’s early childhood education unit and a childcare center for children ages six weeks through five years.

William Clay Early Childhood Development & Parenting Education Center, St. LouisWilliam Clay Early Childhood Development & Parenting Education Center, St. Louis
Photo: Sam Fentress
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The project contains nine child-development classrooms, a gross motor skills room, courtyard playground, four conference rooms, eight higher education observation rooms, full-service kitchen, eight offices, a parents’ library and education room, computer lounge for students and a multimedia classroom/lecture hall.

Other amenities include high-tech audio and video systems, smart board technology in all classrooms and mirrored one-way glass for students and parents to observe the children from the higher education classrooms.

The project also contained the largest square footage of pervious concrete, poured to date, within the St. Louis construction market.

The William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Development and Parenting Education Center has been registered with the U.S. Green Building Council to become LEED Silver certified.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis
GC: Kozeny-Wagner, Arnold, Mo.
CM: KWAME Building Group, St. Louis
Architect & MEP Engineer: Kennedy Associates Inc., St. Louis
Civil Engineer: Grimes Consulting, St. Louis
Structural Engineer: Alper Audi Inc., St. Louis