TERRA was responsible for the design of site improvements and landscape zoning compliance for the annex addition to an existing Chicago Public School. The project achieved LEED Gold certification. Site improvements consist of innovative stormwater features including capturing rainwater runoff from an extensive green roof in five custom concrete cisterns that overflow into bio-swales to reduce runoff to the municipal sewer. The courtyard garden, the centerpiece of the design, offers a space to learn about native landscaping stormwater management. A new community garden with raised planters provides the opportunity for students and local residents to grow their own produce and flowers.
Chicago Public Schools Public Building Commission SMNG-A Architects