Ninfa Laurenzo Early Childhood Center, Houston ISD



Houston, TX


40,029 sf

Project Features
  • Learning center
  • Cafeteria
  • Administration spaces
After a successful bond election in 2002, HISD selected Kirksey to implement a $30-million pre-K program throughout the district. Phase I of this program included the first two of 10 proposed centers. This compact, 1-acre campus hosts a 40,000-sf, 2-story building accommodating 200 children and a teacher training center. In addition to classroom space, the facility is equipped with a learning resource center, cafeteria, and all of the necessary administration space.
Nicola Springer, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7510
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Nicola is an expert in 21st century learning environments and educational design – from pre-K to collegiate. In her role as preK-12 team leader, she has created state-of-the-art public and private schools and developed PlayTheory, a process that engages stakeholders in a fun, collaborative way to gather quantitative and qualitative information that is used during the design phase. With 17 years at Kirksey, her talents and experience are utilized for many community projects as well.

  • AIA Houston Design Award, Architecture, 2006
  • IIDA TX-OK Honorable Mention: Education, 2005