Education Center

Nelsen Partners worked with Neighborhood Ministries to revitalize an old and dilapidated silo building into an education center for the community they serve.

Now housing a preschool, an after-school program and administrative offices, the silo project caters to the needs of low-income families.

Window boxes act as portals for preschoolers on the ground floor, while the second floor holds retreat areas. Existing cross-bracing on the interior also posed challenges, causing the design to evolve as the steel structure’s interior was uncovered. Recycled materials were used in the renovation. Other highlights include LED lighting and daylighting, play tunnels for children and an instructional water table.

  • Services: Master Planning, Architecture, Entitlements
  • Client: Neighborhood Ministries
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Year: 2000 – present
  • Scope: Renovation/Restoration
Over 35 custom steel frame window boxes were added to the old silo structure, bringing in lots of natural light, while also serving as nooks for the students within the structure.
Cross-bracing posed interior design challenges in renovating the two-story structure, and workers made substantial repairs and added a floor slab. The building facade features double-steel skin with frame openings.
Early concept sketch - circa early 2000

Press + Awards


AZ RED Awards – Recreation


ENR Southwest – Best Project 2017: Renovation / Restoration – Award of Merit 

Mark Boisclair / Kelsey Grant (AZ Diamondbacks)


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