Vantage Builders Constructs New Early Childhood Education Center in Warwick
Vantage Builders, Inc., a general contracting and construction firm based in Waltham, Mass., today announced that it completed the build-out of a new location for The Learning Experience® at 60 Jefferson Park Road in Warwick, RI.
The new 11,000-square foot location is The Learning Experience’s first center in the state. The Learning Experience is one of the nation’s fastest growing academies of early education for children ages six weeks to five years old. Vantage Builders was hired by building ownership, Waldorf Capital Management.
“The early education and daycare market is definitely a high-growth area right now,” said Ryan LaVangie, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Vantage Builders. “We enjoyed working with The Learning Experience, one of the premier providers in the country, as they expand in the Northeast. There was a true collaborative approach to this project, among Vantage Builders, The Learning Experience and Waldorf Capital Management.”
The project began with a complete gutting of the building, which was previously occupied by a security systems company. Following designs from Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers, which has worked on more than 100 The Learning Experience centers nationally, Vantage transformed the previously drab building into a vibrant, bright, welcoming location that will attract children and their parents.
A highlight of the center is Make Believe Boulevard, a colorful miniature “Main Street, USA” that is designed to develop and expand socio-dramatic play among children. The center has eight separate classrooms for children of different ages, from infants to pre-school. All classrooms are outfitted with cameras that are monitored in the administrative office. The hallways and classrooms have rounded corners, for child safety.
Vantage created a staff room and lounge for caregivers to eat lunch or enjoy a break, a large pantry and a laundry room. Additional interior work includes all new finishes, such as custom millwork, drywall, ceilings, flooring and paint featuring the iconic bright colors of The Learning Experience.
Outside Vantage built two playgrounds, for toddlers and pre-school children to enjoy playtime separately, as well as a soccer field with artificial field turf. The playgrounds feature soft rubber surfacing for children’s safety and offer fun and challenging activities such as the duck-shaped spring rider, a toss-n-score and a wide-end balance beam. The exterior work also included repaving, repainting and installation of bollards in the parking lot. Building systems work included a new HVAC system, a fire sprinkler system, plumbing and a new roof.
“This has been one of the most rewarding projects that Vantage Builders has been involved in,” said LaVangie. “It was an honor to help create such an engaging educational environment for children to learn and flourish.”
About Vantage Builders, Inc.
Vantage Builders offers contracting services to corporations, developers, property managers, retailers and private institutions throughout New England. Our standard construction services include general contracting and construction management. More comprehensive services include design/build and value engineering. In managing and building scores of commercial projects, we’ve found that versatility is key to our customers’ success. Our experience includes specialized tenant build-outs, standard property improvements, base building work and construction from the ground up. For more information, please visit www.vb-inc.com or follow us on Twitter: @VantageBldrs.