Bright Beginnings

  • Area:  17,208 sq. ft.
  • Location:  Washington DC
  • Year:  2016-11-01
  • Collaboration:  Alter Urban Design Collective, DCI Architects, FD Stonewater

Marshall Moya Design was commissioned as Interior Architect to design a facility for Bright Beginnings in the District of Columbia, at 3418 4th Street, S.E.  Bright Beginnings provides daily care for  young homeless children.  The organization provides a place for children to go and learn during the day, enabling their parents to work or get training to be able to find work. Most of the children live in shelters and would otherwise not have access to safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate child care, where these children can feel safe and secure.  The goal is early intervention to help these children so they are on par developmentally and socially with other children their own age when it is time for them to begin elementary school.

The project budget was $5.6 million and Marshall Moya Design was responsible for finishes and material selections. Soothing colors were selected for the spaces, which include offices, classrooms, activity rooms, conference halls and parent work areas. The colors vary for each space, allowing areas to be easily identified. Warm woodwork and soft wood tones are used throughout. Hallway floors are made of a VCT wood finish; millwork, furniture and the main entry counter also feature warm wood finishes. There is a synergy between furnishings, millwork and overall finishes which creates a peaceful and serene space. 

Bright Beginnings, Inc. was established in 1990 by the Junior League of Washington, which identified a critical need for quality childcare among homeless families in Washington, DC. Since then, Bright Beginnings has met the needs of nearly 2,500 homeless children by providing families with developmental childcare and on-site therapeutic and family support services.