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The transformation of a run-down, 30-year-old former school building into a bright, cheerful and modern daycare and early learning center for disadvantaged children, has filled a South Side Chicago community and its families with hope. A team of USG employees, working alongside AEC Cares, Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago, Reed Construction Data and Hanley Wood, devoted their time to a daylong “building blitz” which helped create a fresh, safe environment for hundreds of Chicago families.
The collaboration among partners was a success, completely transforming the school building in order to meet the needs of the infants, toddlers and preschoolers the center serves. Previously, the building was used for kindergarten through eighth graders, and is now serving six-week-olds to five-year-olds. The environment required a major makeover to ensure that the children flourish. From sensory rooms that enhance learning remodeling for a better future to an indoor motor skills room where children can run and play, specific educational additions were key to the success of the renovation.