Sheila C. “Skip” Nowell Leadership Academy

DBVW was engaged by Nowell Academy to renovate a downtown Providence location to create a new, central facility for their academic program for pregnant, parenting, and underserved students. In addition to traditional academic spaces, this location provides on-site daycare for newborns and toddlers, providing care for the children of students attending the school. The design carefully blends the needs for child-care and focused academic space by creating a welcoming, vibrant, and cheerful daycare space with sufficient separation from academic classrooms. The renovated school also includes a dedicated science lab, various group areas for focused instruction and independent learning, decentralized and dispersed administration, a multi-purpose room, private lactation rooms, and an on-site nurse for coordination with local healthcare providers.

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