It's becoming more common for companies to provide much-needed childcare facilities for their employees, contributing to overall employee satisfaction and retention. The Freeman Health System in Joplin, MO, followed that trend and hired Crossland to build a new, seven-acre, 10,000 SF childcare and learning facility a few blocks east of their medical center. The learning center has specially designed classrooms for each age group, plus a multi-purpose room. Two outdoor play areas with synthetic turf will help keep energetic kiddos entertained in nice weather –one for toddlers and one for children four and up. A secure check-in area and automatic locking doors ensure a safe entrance for parents. With turbulent weather often affecting the region, the infant nursery also serves as a full storm shelter.Exterior features include high-quality brick, a structural steel canopy to protect the entrance from weather, and EIFS. The structure itself is PEMB. Interior finishes include carpet, luxury vinyl tile, and high-end finishes. Curved walls add to the building's cool factor, as does an abundance of windows and natural light. Every classroom has an exterior door, making it easy for kids to get to the playground, or quickly exit in the event of an unwanted intruder. This vital project came in on time and under budget despite a few challenges, including the pandemic creating long lead times on some of the more expensive features. The project Superintendent remained heavily involved in the daily coordination and kept the team and schedule moving forward.