It all started with a faltering boiler.
After officially separating from our YMCA neighbors, YWCA Princeton began a quest for reliable heating and efficient air conditioning in our Program Building (our main facility for childcare and administration). We established a committee to evaluate our needs, and as those evolved from just HVAC to a complete renovation, including new bathrooms, flooring, windows, doors, ceiling, lighting, roof, security and fire systems, so did our plans.
Local architects from StudioHillier designed open, engaging spaces to take advantage of the expansive windows and extensive natural light exposure, as well as unexpected features, like a wood trussed ceiling in the lobby and the elimination of interior walls in the administration wing. Last month we cut the ribbon on our renovated Program Building and introduced The Burke Foundation Early Childhood Center. A leadership gift from The Burke Foundation, along with other generous donors and our own funds that have been invested and prudently managed for 30 years, enabled us to make this transformation.
Due to the constraints of running a childhood center during a pandemic, we are unfortunately unable to hold tours for our community and prospective families, which we would love to be able to do. The next best thing is videotaping a virtual tour and plans are underway to do just that in time for a Thanksgiving release.
In the meantime, we have compiled a few before and after photos and would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge everyone who has served on the Facilities Committee:
Heather Kisilywics, 2015
Megan Adams, 2016 – 2018
Lori Rabon, 2018 – present
Alice K. Small
Leslie Straut Ward
Judy Hutton, former CEO
Tay Walker, CEO