SouthSide Early Childhood Development Center

SouthSide Early Childhood CenterOriginally founded in 1886, the SouthSide Early Childhood Center was in desperate need of a larger facility and a more contemporary structure. The architect, Oculus Inc., created a design that would not only complement the South St. Louis neighborhood but would also provide a quick build process. Tilt-up construction with embedded thin brick and a cast-in stone texture was completed by Fenix Construction. Wall panels as large as 106,000 lbs each were created with the Versa-Brix® S thin brick inlay system featuring Endicott Thin Brick and Single Use HIPS Plastic Formliners from Architectural Polymers.

SouthSide Early Childhood Center

The building facade features a colorful awning at the entrance with Red Blend Velour, Bordeaux Blend Velour and Sienna Ironspot Smooth brick which are broken horizontally by several bands of soldier course and a stone base wainscot. The vertical lines of the building feature the 12x24 Split Limestone Running Bond base below alternating bands of the three colors of brick.

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The entire building was erected in just 10 days and in time for beginning of the 2014 school year. They can now provide for more low-income children with a safe, nurturing and educational environment while parents are at work. The staff at SouthSide offers exceptional early education and childcare that prepares children for success in elementary school and beyond.

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