Leman Academy | Parker, Colorado
Leman Academy / Carhuff & Cueva Architects
Landscape Architecture (Under Entitlement Review)
Uncommon respect for:
- Education — Activity spaces are mindfully located to create a comfortable learning environment
- Water Conservation — The newly implemented design cuts irrigation needs in half
For this K-12 school campus design, Consilium Design approached the landscape as an opportunity, eliminating turf to reduce long term irrigation needs by at least 50% while delivering a beautiful and functional landscape in a fast-growing community with increasing water supply demand. Design strategies like planting in drainage basins and providing western shade for the building reduces water and energy demands. The courtyard was designed as a learning environment with features reflecting the classical ‘parent-teacher-scholar’ education philosophy of Leman Academy. Features include: a tree canopied outdoor eating space, seat walls, stone benches, a synthetic turf mound amphitheater, a ‘Socratic circle’ outdoor classroom, as well as playgrounds and active play courts.