The Regatta Child Development Center is a daycare and preschool located in Oak Harbor, WA. The school serves Navy families seeking childcare for approximately 220 children ages 6 weeks – five years. The facility is 25,000 sq. ft. — nearly twice the size of their former space. The center features child-sized bathroom facilities, furniture and windows, and an outdoor play area. The rooms in the facility are flexible, and can change with the population.
The center was design to be environmentally- and child-friendly. Originally meant to meet LEED Silver, the design/build team exceeded those standards and the center achieved LEED Gold. Careful material selection throughout the building features non-toxic, recycled, and regionally sourced materials. Solar panels on the roof and four wind turbines in the parking lot will produce enough alternative energy to power all the lights in the building. An in-floor heating system, lighting controls, and efficient fixtures contribute to substantial energy and water savings.
O’Brien & Company was hired by the design/builder on the project to provide construction phase assistance on LEED implementation and LEED construction documentation. We also provided some guidance and support on the design and LEED design documentation. During construction, O’Brien & Company staff attended on-site team meetings, reviewed construction management plans developed and assisted with final documentation and review of construction credits. The construction documentation review brought into question only one credit – the building flush-out IEQc3.2, Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan: Before Occupancy. We strategized with the team to not only successfully respond to the clarification request but to ensure a buffer point for Gold. O’Brien & Company also suggested pursuing an Innovation credit for the project, School as a Teaching Tool, and worked closely with the architect to develop a plan for green education to be incorporated into school curriculum. This was a challenging but exciting prospect to show how even very young children could start developing knowledge of green practices in their environments.
Owner: Whidbey Naval Station
Architect: Fraser & Fogle
Design/Builder: Veteran’s Northwest (client)
O’Brien & Company’s role: Construction Phase LEED Project Management