Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

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Employees at The Home Depot's Atlanta headquarters no longer have to worry about childcare and pre-school for their children. The home improvement giant engaged Niles Bolton Associates (NBA) to develop and design the Little Apron Academy, a 37,680 square-foot learning facility with 22 classrooms and multiple indoor and exterior playgrounds at their Store Support Center corporate campus in Smyrna, Georgia. Linked to the main office via an enclosed walkway, the childcare center can accommodate 326 preschool and school age children and includes: workshops, offices, resource and nursing rooms, commercial kitchen, storage, laundries and a conference space. Five separate exterior playgrounds, totaling 12,000 square-feet, offer age-appropriate fun for the various groups and include infant, toddler and 2-3 year old play areas, a preschool-age terrace, water "sprayground" and sport court. The design intent of the project was to create an interior space that was an extension of home, while the details reflected Middle: Little Apron Academy in Atlanta, Ga., was constructed in order to provide employees of The Home Depot's Atlanta headquarters a daycare and preschool facility for their children. The learning academy is adjoined to the office building and features 37,000 square feet of space that now accommodates 326 preschool and kindergarten aged children all year round. Top, Left: Within the building, there are 22 classrooms, two interior playrooms, an interactive workshop, four professional office rooms and support spaces. There are five separate exterior playgrounds that have a combined space of 12,000 square feet. Bottom, Left: In the planter on the left are 18 Big Blue Lilyturf plants, Liriope muscari, A River Birch tree, Betula nigra, provides shade for the 3' foot bridge and the silver bollard (BEGA). In the planter on the right, 49 Holly Ferns, Cyrtomium falcatum, were planted. A child can be seen on the left side of the photo talking into a 'Chitter Chatter Listening Tube' (Landscape Structures). In the far back, a girl can be seen using the 'Simple XL Screw-On Jugs' (Atomik Climbing Holds). 30 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Little Apron Academy Landscape Architecture by Niles Bolton Associates Editor, Greg Frank, LASN PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIERAN REYNOLDS PHOTOGRAPHY

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