Project Description

WMAIA 2018 Design Awards Entry

Dodson & Flinker, Ashfield, MA

The landscape for the new Irwin M. Jacobs Elementary School uses its urban 1.6-acre site to maximize outdoor play and educational space. Play and outdoor classroom spaces are coordinated with adjacent building uses and organized around a coastal watershed theme.

Colorful site surfacing, stormwater management, play spaces, and the plant palette all build off the site’s maritime location near Clark’s Cove in New Bedford.

A rooftop garden provides views of the cove and space for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) learning experiences, including a school garden used by a local non-profit.

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