Friends Center's New Building Featured in Patriquin Architect's Online Portfolio

The new Friends Center for Children shares the property with the Quaker Meeting House in Fair Haven. The two-story glu-lam beam structure was designed using LEED criteria and incorporates an active roof garden, geothermal heat pumps and locally manufactured and/or harvested materials. In planning a space for young children, we paid particular attention to indoor air quality through the selection of low VOC materials and finishes, and design of fresh air ventilation systems. Each classroom has natural light, natural ventilation and direct access to the playgrounds and parkland beyond.



"There is great joy here." - Senator Martin Looney

On September 19, the Friends Center for Children community came together to celebrate the opening of our new home, one that we hope will be a tremendous asset to high-quality early childhood education in the New Haven area: serving up to 78 children and their families, providing teacher development opportunities and parent workshops, and sharing our curriculum and resources in partnership with the broader early learning community.

Nearly 150 people attended the ribbon-cutting festivities, during which Senator Martin Looney shared, "There is great joy here." This joy has been made possible by the contributions of many, many people: from the founders and members of the New Haven Friends Meeting to the board, professional council and advisory committee; from the Governor, Senators, and state and city officials to the teachers and parents; from the donors and supporters to the builders and architects. We are exceedingly grateful for all who helped turn this dream into reality, for it is the collective nature of the effort that makes us a true community, one that we proudly call Friends Center for Children.

Read more in the New Haven Independent and the New Haven Register.

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