Landscape Architecture, Ecological Restoration and Planning
A comprehensive master plan for the Elementary School of Neptune, NJ that brings many integral aspects of sustainable landscape architecture. A LEED Platinum School sits on a native plant campus that included an arboretum, bioswale, and greenroof. The entire site is a lesson in leading by example.
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Native Plant Arboretum Natural Area PDF
NMCES Master Plan PDF
Educational Green Roof
The Neptune Midtown Community School Educational Green Roof Rooftop Garden, designed by S. Edgar David and Associates, is part of a platinum LEED building and the first green roof for the New Jersey School system. Each element of the school and the green roof garden is designed to be a teaching tool integrated with the school curriculum. The school, designed by SSP Architects, and green roof rooftop garden teach children principles of sustainable design and conservation through personal experience. By generating an awareness of environmentally beneficial opportunities through positive experiences children are empowered to shape their future.
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Community Trail Network
Situated adjacent to the Summerfield School, SummerWood is an educational resource that is integrated into the school curriculum. The site was under constant stress from invasive species. SED helped design a plan that would help beautify a struggling ecosystem. The trail system not only creates a place for people to move through and become connected, but it raises awareness of this valuable open space, helping preserve it for generations to come.
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Schools are beginning to realize the benefits of putting as much into their exterior spaces as they do their interior. Exercise and engaging landscapes not only provide much needed outlets for the children, but they also promote environmental stewardship and sensitivity toward the natural resources of the site.
An exciting opportunity to think outside the 'sand' box. SED took a unique approach to a truly 'all natural' playground. This minimalist playground capitalizes on topography and local resources to provide children and grownups alike with a place to recreate.
'Ideally, school nature programs will go beyond curriculum: they will involve incorporating nature into the central design.'
Richard Louv, authour "Last Child in the Woods"
Sustainable Wetland Garden
The garden sits in the Universities Arboretum as a demonstration of environmentally sensitive design. It showcases an example of form extracted from function, minimizing impacts on the local and regional watersheds. An aerial aquaduct conveys roof run-off to a wetland bio-filter, where it is combined with surrounding stormwater, which then in turn is cleansed by plants with this proven purpose of bioremediation. As an expression of form, the aquaduct is power by a solar photovoltaic panel which pumps the water through the aquaduct making it an aesthetic feature in the garden when it is not serving it main purpose of conveying rainwater.
Teaching Sustainable Design
The landscape master plan for the Plymouth Meeting Friends School creates an interactive learning environment that invites interest and curiosity. Many of the design features are intended to create a greater connection between students and the encompassing environment. In addition to making a safe spaces for children to engage in play and outdoor learning activities, the design promotes environmental stewardship and sensitivity toward the natural resources of the site. These design features will promote greater respect for the natural world and landscape around us.
Historic Rutherfurd Hall is uniquely situated in the New Jersey Highlands overlooking the tranquil Allumuchy Pond. The house and property express the rich history of the Country Estate Era and the spirit of innovation.
The Master Plan for Rutherfurd Hall interprets the site’s unique place in American history while presenting the future of sustainability through the use of innovative technology and best management practices for the of the land and water which respect the environmental significance of the Highlands Region and Rutherfurd Hall’s unique site.
Visitors to Rutherfurd Hall will experience the inherent beauty of the landscape and its historic value through educational, environmental and recreational experiences.
SED Design worked with SSP Architectural Group, planning for the restoration and repurposing of the historic landscape after SSP completed the Mountain Villa Primary School, an adaptive reuse of Rutherfurd Hall's addition.
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Neptune Green Roof
Greater Brunswick Charter School
Plymouth Meeting Friends School