Travis Air Force Base Child Development Center
The need for a third Child Development Center resulted from relocation of additional personnel to Travis AFB as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Program. This facility is located on the outskirts of the Base, surrounded by wide expanses of grassy fields, hills, and enlisted family housing on the south edge. The CDC will provide six activity rooms for 100 children ranging from infants to preschoolers. In addition, administration, staff and support spaces, a full-service kitchen, and a staff meeting/conference room are included. Each classroom is equipped with a food prep/work area, toilet and/or diaper area, storage room, and space for motor activities, eating and napping. Generous natural daylight, mostly from northern exposure, is afforded through the building’s many windows. Each classroom has direct access to the age-appropriate outdoor play areas, which include approximately 40,000 SF of useable space across three play yards. Sand and water play areas, wheeled toy paths, bermed and level grass areas, play structures, and an abundance of trees and shrubs are all integrally designed to create a stimulating environment for play activities.
Throughout the facility, elements have been scaled down in order to promote a sense of home and comfort and also to encourage exploration and participation by the children.