In October 2012, Super Storm Sandy destroyed three of Atlantic City’s Head Start centers, adding to the city’s $36.9 billion in damages. Eliciting Super Storm Sandy Relief Funds to fulfill the identified regional need for Head Start services, Gateway Community Action Partnership (CAP) initiated this project. On May 23, 2017, hundreds of national, state and city officials; Gateway and Head Start representatives; teachers; parents; children and well-wishers gathered to celebrate the opening of a new $22 million state-of-the-art, eco-friendly Head Start facility.
City Invincible Architecture (formerly Alberto & Associates) worked closely with BBA to create a design that showcases the engineering. It features colorful exposed ceiling pipes, child-sized plumbing fixtures, enchanting lighting throughout and a glass-enclosed closet lit with changing colors that shows off ground-coupled heat pump connections. It was created with educational opportunities in mind for the center’s 300+ children and their families. The geothermal well field consists of 50 wells, 350 feet deep, supporting the project’s LEED Silver goal.
In the words of Gateway CAP president and CEO Albert B. Kelly, the new Head Start Center is a “beacon of hope in Atlantic City . . . a shining example of overcoming adversity to do great things.” Read more about this project here.