CTS Group, as part of their ongoing term contract design services, provided schematic design services for The Newark Public School district to assist in the design of a new Early Childhood Learning Center and administrative offices for NPS Early Childhood Education Department; The Mary E. Wheeler Early Childhood Center was the result of these efforts. Some key considerations and programming requirements for this project were:
-A new Pre-school, home to 10 Abbott classrooms, a multi-purpose room for indoor play and family style dining, a secure outdoor play area, a commercial kitchen, and a staff break room.
- New administrative offices for NPS Early Childhood Education Department including spaces for 9 supervisors, 5 secretaries, 3 fiscal professionals, 33 resource teachers, and 25 ancillary staff.
-Parking near the site was a major issue and approximately 70 parking spaces were planned for on site.
-The new design was to meet LEED standards, at least 26 LEED points, as well as ADA accessibility requirements.