Head Start and Early Head Start are federal programs that promote and provide child development and support services to low-income children from birth to age five, as well as to their families and expectant mothers.
On October 12, 2012, four of five Head Start Centers in the Atlantic City region were severely damaged by Super Storm Sandy. Gateway CAP became the permanent grantee for Atlantic and Cape May County Head Start programs in 2013 and initiated this project, using Super Storm Sandy Sandy Relief Funds, to create this state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facility serving more than 300 children and their families.
A new $22-million, three-story building houses 20 classrooms, 10 private offices, open office space, observation areas, conference space, playroom, and out-door playgrounds. A kitchen/dining area and showers were built on the third floor to serve the community in an emergency.
Supporting the project’s LEED Silver goal is a geothermal well field consisting of 26 wells, 450 feet deep, connected to terminal-water-source heat pumps to serve the internal loads of the building. Children are educated by viewing exposed, brightly colored HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, and IT systems, and about the ground-coupled heat pumps through creatively-lit glass-panel doors. BBA provided full MEP, fire protection and lighting design.