Regina Early Childhood Center Expansion Update
With gratitude and excitement I am happy to share that the renovation of and upgrades to the Early Childhood Center at Regina Catholic Education Center are underway. As a result of supply chain challenges, escalating construction costs, and inflation, the original design for the project has been modified but remains in line with the initial intent without sacrificing the original footprint. School administrators, preschool staff, Shive-Hattery Architecture & Engineering and Build to Suit Construction collaborated to scale the project, without compromising the integrity of the design. The vision for this center remains strong and the commitment to our youngest learners is intact. We are grateful to the many donors for their generous support of this important project of the capital campaign spearheaded by the Regina Foundation. Please see the latest renderings (above) for what is to come. The project is scheduled for completion this summer around July 15.
Joy M Kelly, Ed.S.
Head of School
The Regina Catholic Education Center kicked off the celebration of 2021 National Week of the Young Child, with the announcement of construction plans to renovate and expand the Early Childhood Center for the final phase of the Pride in Our Past, Building Our Future Capital Campaign.
The Early Childhood Center will be re-located in the former 6th grade elementary wing of the campus and features 10,500 square feet of renovations and new construction. This will include a dedicated entry, secure entrance and exit points, five modernized classrooms, new bathrooms, a reception area, offices, wellness space, a teacher work and prep room, and a large indoor play center with access to the outdoor certified Nature Explore Classroom.
“The goal of the Pre-K project is to better serve current enrollment needs and to increase enrollment in the Pre-K program going forward,” said Regina Elementary Principal, Celeste Vincent. “This program plays a vital role in introducing families to our Center and the supportive faith-filled Regina community.”
Initial allocation for the Early Childhood Center facilities was $500,000. Thanks to a new dedicated donation, the project has been expanded to enhance the planned renovations and updates. Total project cost is estimated at $2.2 million.
Since launching the campaign in 2016, Regina has raised more than $9.1 million, exceeding the $7.8 million capital campaign goal.
“The Lord has blessed us richly with this incredible opportunity to expand and enrich our Early Childhood Center facilities,” shared Barbara Meyer, Regina Early Childhood Center Director. “This exciting expansion will allow for growth and prosperity, in both physical space and the number of families we serve. The future of Regina will continue to shine bright for our students, families, faculty/staff, parishes, and the greater Iowa City community with the enhancement of our Center.”
The project team for the Early Childhood Center project includes Shive Hattery Architecture & Engineering, Build To Suit, and Brandt Heating & Air Conditioning. Work is scheduled to begin in spring 2022 with completion by fall 2022.