Families Forward Learning Center

Year: 2008
Client: Families Forward Learning Center (Formerly Mothers' Club), Pasadena CA

Project Description

As Principal-in-Charge at HED, the Architect of Record, John Dale led the programming and design of the child development and family training center for Families Forward Learning Center. Achieved through a close architect /client /developer /contractor collaboration, the project involved the conversion of a mid-century industrial building in the transitional neighborhood of Northeast Pasadena. The result is a model facility, both for 80 pre-school children and their parents. Classrooms are clustered around a flexible indoor play spaces that opens to an outdoor classrooms shaded by trees and canopies. Included are a social kitchen, classrooms and a career center for the parents. With sustainability as a major goal of the project, this is the first Child Development Center in the western US to be Gold LEED certified.


Awards and Recognition

  • Learning By Design Citation of Excellence Award
  • Education Award, The California Community Foundation
  • AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Awards Citation
  • AIA California Council, Energy Efficient Integration Citation
  • AIA Pasadena Foothill Chapter Merit Award
  • Pasadena Beautiful Foundation Honor Award
  • Gold Crown Award, Pasadena Arts Council
  • CEFPI Architectural Excellence Award