Challenger Learning Center | Kenai, AK
The Challenger Learning Center is a very unique building in that it was the very first stand-alone Challenger Center building. As part of the architectural design team Peter Klauder traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to visit and tour existing Challenger Learning Centers. Mr. Klauder participated fully in the planning, programming, value analysis, design and construction of both phases of the project. The design objective was to create a very modern and exciting building that would inspire children in the pursuit of technical knowledge and skills. In the original Schematic design charette, Mr. Klauder’s design was identified by both the architectural design team and the Building Committee as the most creative, exciting and appropriate design of the three presented, though it was not ultimately the final design selection made by the committee, due to budgetary concerns. Mr. Klauder was specifically charged with the design and development of the interior spaces for the building. The interior design of the building is a meld of modern architecture, art and sculptural projects that Mr. Klauder either designed or coordinated with a number of different artists to complete. Integrating the work of several different artists to create a complimentary, cohesive, and successful final project is more difficult than architecture alone. While touring the completed project, representatives from the Challenger Center Head Quarters in Washington, D.C. commented that the interior design for the "Labyrinth" leading to the "Space Station" entrance was one of the most exciting, and by far, cost-effective solutions they had seen to date.