This page, along with pictures and sample layouts (Center Layout Plans), is designed to give you general guidelines, principles and considerations. When you become a franchisee, you can reference your Franchisee Manual for requirements concerning build-out. These items will give you guidance as you apply the ideas to the many different layout options and choices you will have while looking for, or working on, your center. You will not likely be able to copy the sample plans exactly, but please take them as guidance.  Contact the LearningRx Help Desk (719-540-9000) for any questions you may have concerning build-out.

The overall purpose is to provide space that accommodates our business practices and training. Our desire is to create a ‘WOW experience’ for those who meet us both in what they receive, what we say, and what they see. So be both creative and practical as you plan your center. A large consideration is the size.  Bigger centers seem like a good idea, but can quickly become a huge drain on cash flow, so consider starting with less than 1800 sq. ft.  It is a smart choice and you can do a lot of business in a smaller space, adding more to your bottom line. Sam Walton of Wal-Mart never allowed store managers to have offices. He did not want them to stay in them, but to get out with the customers. You probably need one small office, but others can work from the front desk. Have fun designing and planning your center to meet the needs of clients and staff while keeping costs low.

ENTRANCE AREA

  • Leave enough room so the entry is not crowded
  • Should have quick easy access to front desk
  • Be sure it’s easy to clean—it can get dirty fast
  • Special considerations for colder climates

RECEPTION DESK AREA

  • LearningRx sign on a purple wall behind desk (this is a requirement for your center)
  • Easy for DFI to get around to greet parents (hand shake)
  • Should be able to sit at least two people
  • Consider at least a 3’ work space for each
  • Make sure there’s adequate room to move behind the desk
  • Consider smaller, under-counter file cabinets (larger metal file cabinet can be kept in back)
  • Consider a higher writing counter for customers and lower working counter for staff
  • Make sure staff can easily see over counter height and have good view of door for greeting, make it inviting (no  partitions or windows for example)
  • LearningRx business cards and magazines should be displayed
  • Everything does not have to be square—Consider placement and shape of counter
  • Consider  your decorating theme as you design the entrance—Consider decorative items, etc.

LOUNGE AREA

  • Need 8-10 seating minimum
  • Consider sofa or stuffed chairs versus plain office waiting chairs—be careful of number of chairs/how much space they occupy
  • Nice office waiting chairs though, can give you more seating places
  • Make sure there is enough room to move and walk by others
  • Consider if you want a children’s area—should be clean and organized (include books and toys)
  • Do you want a place for a TV?  Consider space and noise (some centers eliminated them due to noise)
  • Is there room for coffee/cappuccino bar and water?
  • It’s nice to have a partial view into the training area
  • An extra, higher end touch is a training room with a glass wall
  • Small, round tables and stools can be nice also
  • Be sure to feature LearningRx magazines, LearningRx Results Report, and “smart reading” on brain science, health, education, etc.
  • Should include flowing wall words (included in opening materials)
  • Play easy listening or classical music (softly) to fill the quiet times
  • Artwork ideas
    • LearningRx feature in the New York Times framed
    • Brain, neuron, or synapse artwork (can be found on fineartamerica.com)
    • Abstract art that coordinates with LearningRx colors
    • “Brain Games”/ optical illusions art pieces (can be found on fineartamerica.com)
  • Feature student, parent, and referral (professional) testimonials—keep updated
  • Keep a list of student improvements—either framed, or in a scrapbook—keep updated

HALLWAYS

  • Leave a good space for people getting to and standing at the reception desk (4’+ depth)
  • Major intersections of people flow need more space
  • A full height two-walled hallway generally needs 4’-5’ width at a minimum.
  • Space between working cubical areas can be 3’+

CONSULTATION ROOM

  • Feature a LearningRx poster or the Learning Model
  • Keep interesting artwork or pictures of students/happy families on the walls
  • ALWAYS include the Consultation Flip Chart
  • Program Price Sheets should be within reach (do not leave room to access them)
  • Keep a list of Referral Sources and quotes/testimonials from parents and professionals on the walls
  • Some centers have used two stuffed chairs for comfortable seating—just be sure they are comfortable
  • The consultation table should be a round table that seats 4—this is a comfortable size to speak with parents and point to test scores across the table or to the side of the parent
  • If a smaller room, consider French doors with panes of glass. It won’t feel as tight, and they are nice anyway
  • Highly consider a separate consultation room rather than combining with Director’s office (to avoid showing a messy desk, disorganization, etc.)
  • It needs to be very comfortable and welcoming
  • Make sure to have room for blended families and grandparents
    • Typically a 10′ x 10′ or 12′ x 12′ room with enough room for a family to move around and feel comfortable (not cramped)

DIRECTOR’S OFFICE (IF SEPARATE)

  • Keep as small as possible. Typically 8’ x 8’ or 10’ x 10’
  • Doing consultations across a large desk is not a good idea
  • Room enough to move in and out

TESTING/TRAINING ROOMS

  • Should have at least 3 closed-in rooms at about 8’ x 8’
  • All closed training rooms loses the look, feel and flexibility of a large, open training area
  • Consider a room with glass walls near the waiting area (on display training – fun for the kids to observe, as well)
  • Tables should be less than 24” wide with a couple adjustable tables to meet adult or small children’s heights
  • Rooms that are 8’ x 8’ with doors may have other uses (assessments, hearing impaired students, etc.)
  • Place doors appropriately for opening into the room (not opening out)
  • Full windowed or paned doors work best for a good safety view (at a minimum need a glass window, door or window in the door to allow a full view into the room from inside the center)

OPEN SPACE CUBICALS

  • The open training area works good to strengthen skills, but consider having some cubicle walls to make sessions seem more private
  • You want a total of at least 10-12 training areas (rooms and/or cubicles)
  • Movable cubicles work great—Allowing for a large open space for seminars, etc.
  • Think of good ways to use dividers to block some sound but not all. Do not need to be 6’ high
  • Enough space between cubicles for trainers as not to be on top of each other
  • Could do some or all fixed low walls – but these can’t be moved for a larger open space

STORAGE / BREAK-ROOM

  • Enough space for small kitchenette, storage, break-room seating
  • Sometimes you have to store larger items also (keep it in mind)

UTILITIES & BATHROOM

  • Utility room for water heater, phone, and electrical—This may be pre-determined unless building new
  • Some like two bathrooms (having a men’s and a women’s). Consider space

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • Learn and carefully follow local codes—they can be a major delay for opening
  • Enough electrical, phone, wired internet where needed?
  • Wifi is almost a “must have” for your staff and your customers
  • Consider using unique or interesting materials and geometrical angles and curves – adds interest
  • Be creative but always consider people flow and work flow
  • What can you do to create a “WOW” factor throughout your LearningRx Center?
  • Think of decorating when planning your layout
  • Get help—lots of it if you need it
  • Don’t guess what works or looks good—know it—Computer programs can show you a walk through
  • You can still work with odd shaped or even two story buildings—just make sure you pay attention to staff and customer flow and the “feel” of your space
  • Don’t forget parking and outdoor and indoor signage
  • Think of low-cost ways to be different and unique
  • Enjoy your build-out process!

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