Abbotts Creek Elementary School, Community Center, Park, New Construction
CLH provided civil engineering and landscape architecture design services on this City of Raleigh, Wake County, and Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) 42-acre project site. This site is located on Durant Road and was the borrow site for the North Wake Landfill. CLH was hired to design a Post Closure Borrow Site Master Plan that included an EMS station, Community Center, Park, and Elementary School.
In 2015, the City of Raleigh Community Center and WCPSS Elementary School opened their doors. The Wake County EMS station (Durant Road EMS) located at the southwest corner of the site has been in operation since 2010. Future site elements include one baseball field, two softball fields, a skate park, three multipurpose fields, fitness trails, picnic shelters, and comfort stations.
Elements of the site will also be used to meet the high performance guidelines. Orientation of the buildings to utilize natural daylight, stormwater treatment systems, and water efficient landscaping are some of the systems that will be incorporated.
John J. Blair Elementary School Replacement School
CLH provided landscape architecture and civil engineering services for the John J. Blair Elementary School project. This 13.79 acre project included the replacement of the existing school. The site design includes a colorful coastal-themed outdoor paved play area in the shape of an octopus. CLH was challenged with addressing the vehicular circulation problems by providing enough on-site stacking for the carpool loop to avoid traffic backing out on Blair School Road. The new site design incorporated a constructed wetland to treat the stormwater runoff and provide an education opportunity for the students.
Green Elementary School, Replacement School
CLH provided landscape architecture and civil engineering services on the Green Elementary Replacement School project. The original building located near Millbrook and Six Forks Road was constructed in 1958. Over the years, various building additions were added to meet expansion needs; however, to meet current programming requirements, it was determined that a total replacement of the facilities would be the best approach. The clean slate allowed the placement and shape of the building to respond to the existing topography of the site and utilize the site to its potential. The large topographic changes were used to create separation between uses such as staff parking areas, play spaces, stormwater detention, and the car pool drive loop.
Because of the existing history of the school, many features of the former site were designed into the new site to preserve the identity of Green Elementary. For example, because a Magnolia tree previously located in the bus loop could not be saved, it was repurposed into a story teller chair area located outside the media center. Also, a rock outcropping which was a former destination along a nature trail in the wooded area of campus was relocated and is now featured in the carpool loop. Bricks from the original school building are used in the “Leadership Plaza” Space outside of the Administration area where the student Leadership committee will meet.
Green Elementary is a shining example of a site design which blends history, nature, and user needs to create a space that is unique and meaningful to the students, teachers, parents, and staff.
Alamance Elementary School, Addition/Renovations
The existing Alamance Elementary School is located at the corner of Southeast School Road and Williams Dairy Road in Guilford County, NC. The elementary school is made up of several standalone buildings. Most of the existing elementary school buildings were demolished with the exception of the one story classroom/administration and cafeteria building that is located the farthest west of all the buildings. This building will be renovated and a large classroom addition will be constructed to attach to this building. Site work for this project consisted of the demolition of three elementary school buildings and grading for the construction of a new addition. New access drives, parking lots, multipurpose playfields, play areas, off site road improvements, utility services and a constructed wet pond to control stormwater runoff were major parts of this project.
Maureen Joy Charter School
The Maureen Joy Charter School moved into the historic Y.E. Smith School building located on South Driver Street in Durham. Although the building was originally an elementary school, it had been repurposed as an industrial warehouse and was in need of renovation and rezoning to return the site to its original use. CLH provided landscaping design, civil engineering, design permitting, and construction observation/administration services for the project. The small site proved to be a challenge when meeting regulatory requirements for modern schools on the historic site, but these challenges become opportunities for creative thinking. Maureen Joy Charter School opened in the fall of 2013.
Carrboro High School, New Construction – LEED Silver Certified
This project is a 56-acre, compact, multi-story high school designed to meet LEED certification through the US Green Building Council. It incorporates innovative stormwater design, walkability and multi-modal transportation. The site includes baseball and softball fields, a track, and access to bike lanes on connecting roadways.
Detailed site studies were provided to assist the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools System in identifying a new high school site. The studies included code investigation, conceptual layouts and cost estimates to help the school system determine feasible locations for the school. Additionally, the studies included conducting public presentations to community groups.