The Learning Academy at WellStar Kennestone Hospital

WellStar Health System

Marietta, GA

Children’s Health Healthcare

exterior view

When the expansion of the emergency department required the relocation of employee childcare, WellStar – frequently recognized on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies List, as well as by Working Mother Magazine, AARP, and the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) – seized the opportunity to create a new, world-class facility.

Arriving under a covered walkway from the adjacent parking deck, parents and children enter the new childcare center via a light-filled two-story lobby, whose focal point is known as the “Reading Stair.” This engaging design solution negotiates the steeply sloped site with a unified entry point, providing a more playful way to move between levels, as well as an added amenity and gathering space.

Building Facts

  • 32,200 GSF
  • 17 Classrooms
  • Multipurpose space
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • 2 Outdoor play areas

Awards & Honors

  1. Merit Award

    AIA Georgia

Creative Care

Contemporary design makes a strong statement about WellStar's commitment to providing services and amenities that enhance the employee experience. Maximizing this narrow lot opened space to expand much-needed hospital facilities.

Advancing Mission Well-Being

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