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What I Do In My Day Job

The College is self-evidently the focus of this space, along with weekend discursions on history, travel and food; my real-world work serves only to inform thoughts on management at Dartmouth. However I depart from that emphasis today to display a few pictures of the 188-kid childcare center that a talented team and I designed and built over the past eighteen months. We couldn’t be more proud.

The center has been open for three weeks now, and I think that we knocked it out of the park on all dimensions: the building is a series of twelve, one-room schoolhouses (you can see nine of them plus the staff room immediately below) that each open out to a fun-filled, football-field-sized playground (with a zip-line!). Everyone threw ideas into the mix and the result is a happy place with high ceilings, wonderful light, subdued and natural colors (we figure that today’s kids have a nature deficit not an attention problem) and endless areas for exploration:

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We also like that our R120-roof building is energy efficient (the heating and cooling of each classroom is done by individual electric units) and that it was constructed on-time and on-budget for less than $200ft².

Addendum: We built the new 9,400ft² building on a 2.02 acre parcel next to our main business. The College sold the land to us in a transaction that could not have been easier and more efficient.

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