Chalk Schools

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Location
Venice, Newport Beach, and Tarzana, CA
Type
Private Child Care and Preschool Center
Completed
Varies by Location
Size
Varies by Location
Photographer
Jim Bartsch (Newport Beach Locations)

Where Adventure Begins

Originally established in Chicago, Illinois, Chalk has expanded to Southern California and New York City. Chalk is a privately owned child care and preschool center whose vision is to inspire their children to discover the world around them. Our team assisted with the Venice, Newport Beach, and Tarzana locations.

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The built environment is a bit different for every Chalk Preschool adaptive reuse project we approach. Chalk’s methodology for expanding their service areas is to take over existing buildings that have been restaurants, boat houses, banks, and more.

 

Our process begins by understanding the individual culture of each location and their overall organizational vision which is to provide an environment where:

 

“Creativity abounds and Hands-on early childhood learning experiences incorporate Art, Laughter and Knowledge, in a safe and inspirational preschool setting.”

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Working closely with Chalk, we analyzed each potential building including the parking and play areas to first verify if it would be possible to re-purpose and revitalize the space into a vibrant preschool. Once we completed the feasibility study, we started the process of converting these former commercial spaces into engaging communities for learning and exploration.

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