February 5, 2000


COURSE NAME: Architectural Design II




(Age groups 3 to 6 years old)

1.   Entrance with a Vestibule                           150 sq. ft.

2.   Lobby with seating area for approximately 4 to 8 people               400 sq. ft.

3.   Clerical Office (receptionist and bookkeeper),           160 sq. ft.

Office to have a closet 24 sq. ft. in area with lockable door and a bank teller type window opening to lobby located to permit visual control of the entrance and, if possible, to control the second means of egress as well.

 4.   Five (5) Play Rooms each For 20 Children at 35 sq. ft. per child, 700 sq. ft. exclusive of cubby area, toilet and closets.

Each playroom shall have the following accessory spaces:

·         Cubby area and alcove shall be as close to the entrance of the playroom as possible.  Each child to have a cubby which measures 12" X 12" X 52" H

·         Toilet room containing two water closets and one wash basin for a 20-child playroom.  All fixtures to be child size.  The door shall be located so that there is direct observation into the toilet room from the playroom.

·         Sink for water play in a 2' X 5' counter cabinet mounted at child height.

·         Cot storage room with double door opening out to playroom: 30 - 50 sq. ft.

·         General storage closet w/double doors 10 - 15 sq. ft.

5.   Multi-purpose room-used for small group instruction, Adjacent to the playrooms, including 120 sq. ft. Storage      600 sq. ft.


Administration to be located as close to playrooms as possible.

6. Director's Office near Clerical Office      200 sq. ft.

7. Assistant Directors’ Offices             (2) @ 150 sq. ft. each


8. Caseworkers’ Offices (family counselors) (2) @ 150 sq. ft. each.


9. Medical Room Total area of 200 to 250 sq. ft. exclusive of storage closet should include space for:

·         A desk, 2 chairs, a crib, a scale and examination table.

·         Toilet adjacent to opening into medical room 25 sq. ft. shall contain one water closet and one lavatory.

·         Storage closet 2'-6" X 3'-O”

10.  Conference Room/Parents Room         300 sq. ft


11.  Staff Lounge (locate adjacent to Assistant Directors’ Offices or Director's Office) 200 sq. ft., Lounge to have coat closets 20 sq. ft.

12. Staff Changing Room for 20 staff members.  One locker for every staff member.  Each locker is 12" wide; this space can open into Staff Lounge.

 Service Areas

 13.  Utility Rooms (2) Utility rooms shall be 120 sq. ft., each with its own entrance from the hall.

·         Soiled Area: Room shall include: Counter with storage above or below; under counter space for large "garbage can sized" container; slop sink; and storage closet, washing machine, and clothes dryer.

·         Clean Area: Room shall include: Counter with storage above or below, slop sink.

 14.  Kitchen to be easily serviced from the street preferably with a direct service entrance.  The kitchen complex shall consist of:

·         Food Preparation Area       400 - 500 sq. ft.

·         Pantry (food larder)      150 sq. ft.

·         Walk-in refrigerator       44 - 55 sq. ft.

·         Kitchen staff dining area      100 sq. ft.

·         Area for carts, linens (6 sq. ft. per car-t min.) 50 sq. ft.

 15.  Janitor's closet 4' 0" x 6' 0" (1 on each floor)  24 sq. ft.

 16.  Custodian's workroom      120 sq. ft.

 17.  General Storage - to be located off hall shall include area for:

·         Linen 50 to 100 sq. ft.

·         Play room supplies 125 sq. ft.

 18. Corridor Space 8'-O" minimum width is required from infant room to fire exit. (Circulation: 15% - 20% of the total net space should be allocated for corridors and stairs.)

 19.  Public toilet adjacent to the lobby with a water closet and one lavatory.

 20.  Staff toilets, 2 rooms, each with a water closet, a lavatory, and lockers.

 21. Mechanical Room, 300 sq. ft.,

 22. Electrical Closet, 100 sq. ft.

  23.  Outdoor Play Areas

·         Where possible outdoor play areas, shall be located directly off the playroom, but may be located on the roof of the building.

·         Play area shall be a minimum of 100 sq. ft. per child with 58% of the children playing at one time.

·         Low movable planters shall divide outdoor play space into separate areas.  Provide at least one-1500 sq. ft. space for one playroom and at least one-2000 sq. ft. space for each two 20-child playrooms.  Thus, for 5 playrooms, there would be three play areas with outdoor toy storage, hose bib, planting area, landscaping, and shaded areas.  In addition, the plan for every play area must include a slide and each 20-child play areas shall include a climber. If play area is on the roof, there shall also be a toilet with a minimum of one water closet and one lavatory. Planter boxes shall be included for all roof play areas, preferably several should be built-ins.

·         A hose bib shall be provided in each play area, whether at ground level or on roof.

·         Outdoor toy storage shall be provided, one toy storage room or structure for every outdoor play area.

·         Provide a 75 sq. ft. storage room for every 1500 sq. ft. play area, 100 sq. ft. for every 2000 sq. ft. play area.

·         Twenty to twenty five percent of the outdoor play area shall be shaded.

·         The play area shall be designed so as to divide into distinct play areas.  Minimum width shall be 30' but 40' or more feet is preferred.


·         All rooms to be occupied by children shall be above ground, and shall have windows.

·         A child shall not be kept for any period of time in a cellar as defined in C26-30.0 of the Administrative Code.

·         A child shall not be permitted to remain for any period of time in a basement as defined in C26-22.0 of the Administrative Code when one side of the basement is more than three feet below the surface of the ground surrounding the building, without the prior approval of the Department.  Such approval shall

·         All rooms to be occupied by children must have natural lighting, and operable windows.

·         All rooms to be ADA accessible.