Summers are a busy time for many school facility and planning departments. Site development improvements have been designed, approved and contractors ready to go when the school year ends in May or June. Designers, contractors and school facility managers work hard during the summer months to make improvements while the campus is somewhat quiet.
Birchwood led an improvement project at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, RI this past summer. There were months of concept design with review and approvals and construction detailing leading up to construction. Birchwood recommended a list of contractors and the school finalized negotiations with Aquidneck Landworks of Middletown, RI to complete the work.
The goal of the project was to improve the visitor experience when they arrive at the school allowing for administrative staff to register visitors. As the designer, we wanted this experience to be a clear and defined route from the central parking to McVickar administration building while knitting the improvements into the existing New England campus setting.
The work is almost complete with the final touches of custom fabricated handrails and additional bluestone paving at the McVickar terrace still to come. Birchwood landscape designer, John Luca, experienced the process first hand by completing the construction documents in May, visiting the site on a biweekly basis, providing field reports to the school and placing plants in September.