The Benavides Kindergarten Center is the first full-day kindergarten center for the East Aurora School District. The building addition and renovation project strengthens the District's goal to provide early-childhood education to impact the lives of hundreds of children. The Benavides Kindergarten Center's 20 dedicated classrooms serve 500 kindergarten students. The facility is designed specifically for the kindergarten age group and has several flex spaces that allow for collaborative large group exercises. The Center provides a structured learning environment of formal schooling that helps students develop the concepts and skills necessary for long-term academic success.
State-of-the-art technology is found throughout the facility and is available to all students.
The Benavides Kindergarten Center houses an innovative Early Childhood Center program to provide earlier education for Pre-K and Kindergarten aged-children. Cordogan, Clark & Associates assisted the district with building evaluation, concept design, cost estimating and ultimately design documentation and construction administration. The Early Childhood Center is organized into "neighborhoods": groups of classrooms organized into three separate clusters, each with its own common area that shares teaching space with multi-tiered instruction capability that gives teachers maximum flexibility and choice in how best to convey material to the children. High-tech and proven tech were merged in classrooms and throughout the building. Wayfinding graphics are used on walls and floors throughout, to help orient children to their specific classrooms.
Colorful design continues outside with the use of Hardie Board Siding: A low-maintenance, long-last material that stands up to kindergarten outdoor play.
Classrooms are designed specifically for kindergarten students and feature functional, movable furniture, bright colors, and up-to-date technology.
The Benavides Kindergarten Center project involved the renovation of a 1980's commercial building and a17,000 Sq. Ft. addition that nearly doubled the structure in size.
Flex spaces allow for large group exercises and encourage collaboration between students.