Early Childhood Academy Wins Best New Construction Award

Porter-Leath won big last night at the Sixth Annual Building Memphis Awards, the Memphis Business Journal’s real estate recognition program honoring projects that create a positive community impact. The Building Memphis Awards recognize excellence in architecture, design, engineering, development and construction, as well as investment, employment and impact in the surrounding neighborhood.

Porter-Leath’s Early Childhood Academy, Memphis’ premier early childhood institute for student and teacher development, was selected as winner in the Best New Construction category. Designed by national early learning facility specialist RDG Planning and Design, the 16-classroom, 32,000-square-foot facility weaves local culture, history and geography into safe, inviting spaces that encourage play and exploration and was built by Flintco.

Accepting the award alongside staff and project partners, Porter-Leath President Sean Lee shared, “This was really a 10-year labor of love from the moment we said this would be a great project for South Memphis. …Today there are 224 of the cutest little people who are getting the best preschool education that they won’t pay a penny for, thanks to donors like you and all the foundations and individuals who gave to this project.”

The Academy provides comprehensive early childhood education and support services for 224 Early Head Start and Head Start students — as well as professional training and development for preschool teachers and educators. The first and only one of its kind, Academy establishes a continuum of early childhood education, from prenatal to age 5, that defines and promotes success for young children and their families.

The Award is the latest recognition for the Early Childhood Academy, which won the Great Plains Chapter ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Award of Excellence in September 2017.