LGA was contracted to produce a master plan for the Sandy Valley Elementary School Facility. Included in the masterplan are concepts for a new high school location, a new elementary school, a new bus loading/unloading area, a baseball field complete with dugouts, a football field complete, 800 square foot washroom/change rooms, running track and field pits. The football and baseball fields are to be on adjacent property.
Integrated into these designs are concepts drawn from the surrounding environment of the school and its history, including “seeds of knowledge” and the Sidewinder Rattlesnake. “Seeds of knowledge” alludes to the estimate of there being between 5,000 to 10,000 seeds lying dormant in the desert soil waiting to take root, germinate, and flourish. These seeds can be taken to represent the process of learning, with the transfer of knowledge symbolized by rains, the process of learning and development symbolized by germination, and finally the commencement of students symbolized by the flourishing of the plants the seeds have become. The Sidewinder Rattlesnake, Crotalus cerastes, is the school’s mascot. Its unorthodox method of movement can be compared with the unorthodox design strategy employed in this project to create a sustainable design that strives to minimize its carbon footprint.
In phase two, starting in February of 2018, LGA will be completing the design of the elementary school and high-school level football and baseball fields.