The Monarch School is dedicated to providing an innovative, therapeutic education for individuals with neurological differences—such as those associated with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities,mood and anxiety disorders and traumatic brain injury. ARC provided a master plan for the campus which includes two new buildings, five studio classrooms and both structured and unstructured play and gathering areas.
Special attention was paid to the needs of these children for a calming, easily navigable and nature oriented environment. Butterfly gardens are provided at the front entrances to the three buildings. The first studio classroom to be built is adhering to the “Living Building Challenge” design criteria for zero impact to the environment. This area employs extensive edible landscape and orchards, rainwater harvesting, solar and geothermal energy and a green roof.
See project sheet here.