Project Update: Affordable Day Care in Harrisonburg

This project update highlights our affordable day care in Harrisonburg.

Harrisonburg Construction continues to make progress towards finishing phase 1 of the Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center. This sliding-scale daycare will provide much-needed infant care in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg.

Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center

Many of the photos so far have been of duct work and torn apart spaces as this renovation project took an existing building back to stud so that it could be modernized and updated for the new use. The challenge with renovation work and a change of use to a structure is that often the existing systems do not meet the new requirements. This project required an entirely new heating and cooling system to provide efficient comfort and required fresh air needs for a daycare function. We also have added a sprinkler system which is required for this use because, well, babies are slow to run out of a building if there is an emergency.

Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center

We are keeping the existing tall slender windows that were already in the structure, which will allow the new occupants, who are maybe shorter than the former professional office staff, to have views of the downtown hustle and bustle. The glass in these opening will be replaced in phase 2 to bring a higher level of energy efficiency to the building.

Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center

There are also some remnants of old that will become a really cool imagination space in the future. Can you imagine these steps that once led to the adjacent building as a castle for play? Could it have a forest mural on the wall behind with mountains on each riser? Perhaps each level of step is a different scene in an imaginative play? We will see as the work continues.

For other updates on this project see posts here and here.

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