PIE Early Years Center Opens

JIS Aug 15-2018

After two years of construction and one year delay due to building permit process, PIE Early Year Center has been finally completed. The project is a ‘new build’ to replace Nusa Indah building at PIE, which was 23 years old. The new facility is a self-contained building designed to nurture EY1, EY2 and EY3 grades under 1 roof. There are 2 stories with a total of 12 classrooms (6 on each floor) with a usable roof garden area on level 3. Other facilities include: art room, maker space, dance and movement, training kitchen, project space, gathering area, outdoor reading, dark space and roof top playground area.

The building also has maker’s space area which combines technology and craft. Roof garden area will be the safe green playground area for children and the ecologically designed building with vertical gardens features ecological theme. PIE EYC was designed by Burhan Tjakra, M.Arch, a graduate of UCLA with certified Greenship Professional with collaboration with Elsa Donahue, the former Principal of Elementary School and concluded by Maya Nelson, the incumbent Principal of Elementary School.

Many teachers participated in the design development, furniture selection, accessories and transition process, some of whom are Jennifer Krembs and her assistant Angga, Anne Boudreau, Jane Ross, Sarah Pickles, Barbara Carr, Regina Alcorn, Murray Hodgson, Shauna Feeney, Butch Koltai, and many others. Thank you to Facilities, IT and Risk Management Divisions for their on-going support and Dr. Tarek Razik whose support has made this project a reality.