HOK Volunteers Complete Mural for Opening of Los Niños Preschool in Houston
Several volunteers from HOK’s Houston office recently completed painting colorful wall murals for the Los Niños Early Childhood Montessori Program, which has relocated to a new space within the Community Family Centers’ (CFC) main building.
The mural was the last step of HOK’s extensive 6,800-sq.-ft. renovation, initiated by a grant from the Brown Foundation. The grand opening ribbon cutting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7.
HOK donated architectural services and led the effort to complete the fit-out of the preschool’s new learning space. HOK Managing Principal Jay Tatum collaborated on the project with CFC’s Early Childhood Committee, chaired by Bill Malone, a CFC board member.
“This project will have a significant impact on the community because it allows the Los Niños program to prepare more preschoolers for success in school,” said Malone. “By moving the school to CFC’s main building, parents will have easier access to the organization’s adult education, literacy and health services as they transition to self-sufficiency.”
The preschool is now conveniently housed on the first floor of CFC’s main building and features a private entrance with a drive-through to accommodate child drop-off and pick-up. It boasts a dedicated parking area, four classrooms, a work area for instructors, a well-equipped kitchen, a dining room and a fenced-in playground.
“We are very thankful for the Brown Foundation and HOK’s extraordinary generosity,” said Maritza Guerrero, CEO and president of CFC. “Parents, children, staff and visitors have shared their expressions of delight and awe at the transformation of the new space.”
Community Family Centers (CFC) is a multi-service non-profit organization that offers a wide range of bilingual services to help families address their basic needs as they move to self-sufficiency and educational and economic advancement.