ENTRY  Early Learning Center at Skinner

LOCATION  Omaha, Nebraska

OWNER  Buffett Early Childhood Fund (BECF)

FIRM  RDG Planning & Design


The Early Learning Center uses architecture to support the concurrent delivery of both care and education, providing disadvantaged children with a safe environment to gain confidence by engaging in physical, social, and emotional interactions with their world in age appropriate spaces and playgrounds.

Jury Comments: Within what appears to be a modest budget the architects have delivered a high quality project. A very elegant box with subtle geometric moves, the project shows mastery in manipulating the metal and wood clad awnings, transforming a rather ordinary building into a pleasant surprise. The development and consistent use of prototypical classrooms within a straightforward circulation pattern is refreshing to see. Interior spaces are sophisticated yet playful.