When the dilapidated Roosevelt Elementary School needed to be replaced, we pitched in with design. The challenge was to create a new, state-of the art school that provided as much green design and green space as possible in an urban community.
Our solution? Rearrange the site and design separate bus and student loading areas. Most parking would move off-site but remain within walking distance of the school. With those choices, we eliminated much of the paved area, giving the school space to include a lighted, multi-use, synthetic turf field. We also designed field lighting, integrated a community center/day care facility, and rebuilt the playground.
To achieve LEED Gold certification, we designed stormwater systems for the parking facility, including water quality swales, rain gardens, and bioretention areas which incorporated stormwater infiltration techniques. To reduce heat island effects and provide a naturalized setting and buffer for the school, we included inviting, low-maintenance landscape architectural features.
As envisioned, this school replacement creates a beautiful, park-like neighborhood amenity.