Completed in 1977, this 600 student elementary school is still a successful example of sustainable site design. The site, a former farm that had been sold to the Town as conservation land and a school site, had major Indian prehistory that required archaeological clearance prior to development.
Besides addressing the school program and minimizing impacts to the surrounding development, the design also integrated elements of the past history of the site, such as preserving the tile silo of the former farm, preserving elements of town folklore that existed on the site and preserving significant prehistoric archaeological sites found during the site investigation.
The principles used in addressing storm drainage and water quality still meets current standards for sustainable site design. Where subsurface soils allowed, storm drainage from the roads and parking areas was routed through subsurface leaching systems. In other areas, storm drainage was routed through filter strips and water quality swales before discharging into a retention pond which was also designed as a wet pond.
All sanitary sewage from the project was accommodated via an on-site disposal system. All lawn areas outside of recreation areas and the school perimeter were allowed to revert to natural field areas.
Over thirty years later, all elements of the site development are still effectively functioning.