Pickwick Early Childhood Center

Ottumwa, IA

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Pickwick Early Childhood Main Entrance
Preschool Classroom with reading nooks
Preschool Classroom
Outdoor playground with new play structures
Indoor multipurpose space for play and exercise
Preschool cafeteria
Administrative and reception space
Overall exterior view

The new Pickwick Early Childhood Center provides a vibrant and exciting new learning environment for Ottumwa Community School’s district wide early education program.  This facility centralizes programs offered in other buildings around the district, and creates an efficient and modern platform from which to launch the children’s journey of discovery.

A collaborative design process and close working relationship with the district’s staff, gave form to this 45,000 SF new building, designed to house 400 students.  The facility is grouped into three wings organized around an outdoor playground space.  Along with classrooms, each wing also incorporates an open collaborative learning area for students and staff to work in small groups outside the classroom.  An open cafeteria overlooks the outdoor playground through large windows that bring natural light into the space.

Design Insight

Creating a vibrant, safe, and nurturing environment for children in their early stages of development.


2019 Excellence in Energy Efficient Design Award, Alliant Energy & MidAmerican Energy