MINNEAPOLIS — As any working parent will tell you, arranging childcare is practically a part-time job in and of itself. Fortunately for parents in Shakopee, Minn., the job just got a little easier — a new child care center has come online thanks to the efforts of Stahl, a Minneapolis-based firm that provides consulting, development, general contracting, construction management, design/build and IPD construction services.
The Ladybug Child Care Center in Shakopee is the second such center Stahl has built for the organization, which is family owned and operated and headquartered in Chaska, Minn. Michael Monn Architects in Lakeville, Minn., also contributed to the project.
The new center is adjacent to Shakopee Public Schools’ Jackson Elementary School, which allows Ladybug to offer before and after school programs for school-age children with the benefit of having staff members walk students to and from school. The structure is comprised of a 10,500-square-foot single-story surrounded by 15,000 square feet of playground area featuring interactive outdoor equipment and a fenced retainage pond area intended for teaching natural sciences. Interior features include a full-service kitchen, inside playground and a nursing station. There is also a crib room for babies and toddlers. Total occupancy for the facility is 145 children, who can range in age from infants to elementary school-aged.
“Ladybug required a close eye for detail to pass and exceed mandated child care requirements for both the indoor and outdoor spaces,“ said Stahl’s Project Executive, Deb Aldrich, in a statement. “The layout of the building, materials used, paint colors selected, and toys available were all chosen by the owners to help create a child-friendly environment.”
Aldrich worked on both the new Shakopee location as well as the original Ladybug Child Care Center in Waconia, Minn.