MacDill's two existing child development center facilities provided 70% of the space required to meet the current need of 500, resulting in military and civilian personnel, and their dependent children being denied service on Base. The addition of a new CDC provides a modern, adequately sized, properly configured and conveniently located childcare services facility for an additional 305 children, ages six weeks through five years.
The CDC is composed of a one-story masonry facility with brick exterior treatment, sloped roof, mechanical equipment room, and other necessary support. The new CDC replaces one of the existing CDCs and includes childcare rooms, a kitchen, laundry room, playground area, fire detection supression system and will comply with DoD AT/FP requirements.
The project was designed using sustainable design principles and efficient practices as outlined by the LEED process. The materials used are high quality, durable and easily maintained. The goal of this project is to accumulate sufficient points for the LEED Silver level of certification.
A particular challenge with this project was that the funding came from two sources, NAVFAC and MILCON. In addition to consideration of the required elements of the two-phase project, Blair Remy had to design the project with an identifiable separation between the two funding sources so as to separate funding issues (i.e. invoicing, change orders, etc.). The successful result was formed in a T-shaped building with each source funding one "wing" of the project.