(below) Before remodeling & additions
The building's problems were those shared many other child care facilities which occupy the left-over spaces across the nation: it didn't meet current building codes, had poor wheelchair accessibility, inadequate heating and ventilation, and years of deferred maintenance. Much of the site was consumed by parked cars. Staff offices, reached by narrow, damaged stairs, were crammed into an unheatable attic.
However, the main challenge was circulation. Clear access from front to rear was impossible; everyone needed to traipse through through classrooms constantly, even at nap times.
The breakthrough was designing a major addition to the side (above, at right). This solution allowed space for a central corridor, enlarged classrooms and new kitchen and offices.