Client: Mat Su Borough School District & Mat Su Borough
Provide addition elementary school for a growing population Long: Address Safety and early childhood learning by creating an inviting and creative/interactive landscape.
Design specifically for addressing ADA access, and minimized site impact, Lead landscape architect on multidiscipline team providing services for site planning and design work on a new elementary school located in the Mat-SuValley. Responsibilities included site layout, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, and recreation planning. An effort to responsibly develop the site resulted in the retention of much of the existing forest. Separated drop off areas for school staff, school buses and parents was designed to maximize safety. Site grading and layout was carefully planned to address drainage, stormwater management, building orientation and minimizing site disturbance. Recreation fields, school gardening space and play areas were located south of the building to maximize solar gain and extend seasonal use. Trails were planned for exploration of the site left undeveloped to create a teaching opportunity throughout the local environment.