Monarch School – Houston, Texas

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...
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Horn Elementary School – HISD

The landscape master plan for Horn Elementary creates a living outdoor laboratory for learning and exploration. As part of the LEED landscape strategy, bioswales are provided to collect, cleanse, and infiltrate stormwater runoff. These natural systems will be incorporated into the science curriculum for studies on plant species, life cycles, water quality, and habitat. Raised vegetable garden beds will allow each classroom to grow food and implement science experiments, as well as promote healthy eating. A nearby rainwater harvesting tank will collect runoff from the building roof and irrigate the vegetable beds, reducing the potable water use on campus. Several different planting areas, such as reforestation beds,...
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Carnegie Vanguard High School

Carnegie High School is the only Vanguard Program high school in Houston ISD. Carnegie, housing around 600 students, is moving to the centrally located Fourth Ward near Downtown Houston. Parents, staff members, and students provided input for the design of the new CVHS campus. The building committee lobbied for a central courtyard, which is a part of the school’s culture. Other priorities include LEED certification, adding more space for theater and fine arts and preserving green space. The landscape features a central courtyard, an amphitheatre, ample drop-off areas for buses and autos, pedestrian sidewalks, a baseball field, community gardens and roof garden. Views and pedestrian connections...
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Piney Point Elementary Nature Playscape and Edible Garden

Asakura Robinson Company provided design for this philanthropic effort, joining Keep Houston Beautiful, ScottsMiricle-Grow, Piney Point Elementary and the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department, to educate students about the joys of gardening and good nutrition, and provide a connection to nature and experiential learning opportunities for all students. Piney Point’s playscape and series of edible and wildlife gardens is part of the new GRO1000 initiative, a commitment by ScottsMiracle-Grow and its partners to develop and install 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018. A portion of all installed garden harvests will be regularly donated to support...
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