West Hollywood, Calif.— The Center for Early Education cut the ribbon on its new instruction and administrative building Monday, January 8, to officially mark the opening of the first phase of the Campus Enhancement Plan on La Cienega Boulevard. The new building houses a gym, smart classrooms, a boardroom that opens onto an urban terrace, and will feature a custom art installation by Friedrich Kunath on the street-level.
Head of School Mark Brooks welcomed students, faculty and staff members, families, trustees and friends of CEE to the new building, and offered thanks to those who made the project possible.
"This new building marks completion of the first phase of our Campus Enhancement Plan that will redefine the Center's present and future, and create the most dynamic early education learning environment in California," said Mark. "We wouldn't be here today without the help of so many people and it's our job today to thank them for all of their hard work," he concluded.
Retired Head of School, Reveta Bowers, who helped set the plan in motion a decade ago, was also in attendance at the event. Speaking to the students, Reveta focused on the future of CEE, describing how the children and grandchildren of current students will be able to learn and grow in these new buildings in years to come.
Mark and Reveta were joined by West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, CEE Board Members Mark Siegel, Tom Staggs, Mai Lassiter, and Holly Gores as well as representatives from MATT construction, the main contractor on the project, to cut the ribbon alongside two third-grade students chosen by a random drawing.
Additional features of the newly opened La Cienega Building include:
- 28,500 square feet of instructional and recreational space
- 2 state-of-the-art flexible classrooms
- Rooftop play and gathering space
- Gymnasium to house physical education classes, sports teams, and events
- Board room that opens onto a terrace overlooking West Hollywood
- Meeting rooms and offices
- Filtered water bottle refill stations
- LED lighting and insulation designed to reduce energy usage
- Public art installation by Friedrich Kunath completed in collaboration with Center students and the City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission
The Center broke ground on the campus enhancement plan in fall 2016. The project exceeds LEED Silver sustainability standards. Construction on campus will continue through January 2020 on a new building on Clinton and Alfred Streets and a new play field.