Ducketts Lane Elementary School Elkridge, MD

ABOUT

The BSD design team has created a campus that serves as an educational experience much like the interior spaces. In order to accommodate a variety of learning styles across a broad curriculum, the team has incorporated a number of features designed to stimulate, inform, and inspire-- as well as beautify the school grounds.

The courtyards tucked among the classroom wings are settings for outdoor labs and learning spaces. The lab is a teaching tool: it follows the path of rainwater as it falls on a vegetated roof and trickles down a curtain of rain chains into a raised trough. The trough can be used for aquatic wildlife studies, a “touching pool” where students can handle species indigenous to the area’s waterways. An overflow lip allows the water to spill into a runnel, covered by a grate but audible as it makes its way to the bioretention area beyond.

Client
Howard County Public School System

Budget
$25,000,000

Project Manager
Sharon Bradley

Image Credit
Sam Kittner (3, 8)

Design For Impact

Social:
  • Partnership with school staff and county to create a landscape based on specific curriculum components to enhance learning activities
  • Edible and educational plant areas for all age groups
Economic:
  • Drought- and moisture-tolerant plant palette requires no irrigation and minimal maintenance.
  • Saved an estimated $12,045 in annual water costs if site required irrigation
Ecological:
  • 72.9 % of species are native and 61.7% of Planting Units are native
  • 560 s.f. of green roof
  • 2,258 s.f. of pervious pavement
  • 16,793 s.f. of bioretention area