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Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

D.D. Eisenhower Elementary School is an adapted repeat of our two-story elementary school prototype. The project itself is a phased replacement and the School District kept the existing school operational as a holding school. The school site design recognizes the important role a school has in its neighborhood. Our approach enabled this new school to be both the educational and recreational centerpiece of its community.  The site was designed in two phases, initially anticipating that the existing school would remain open for a period of time after the new school was built. As a shared campus, the site design minimized the impact of traffic to the surrounding community yet still maintained ample open space to provide for play fields, drop-offs and storm water mitigation areas. 

The site plan also takes advantage of the natural preserve located east of the new school to create an “Outdoor Classroom” opportunity for the students. This preserve area provides students with the opportunity to learn about indigenous plants and animals and creates a complementary learning experience unique to this site. The open green spaces and park-like setting provide numerous external learning opportunities that allow students to be physically active and to interact with the community and natural world around them. Finally, when the existing school was replaced by the play fields in the final phase, the site is designed as a community resource as well as a state-of-the-art elementary school by accommodating convenient after-hours and weekend use of the park and play fields while keeping the school facility secure

D.D. Eisenhower Elementary School is an adapted repeat of our two-story elementary school prototype. The project itself is a phased replacement and the School District kept the existing school operational as a holding school. The school site design recognizes the important role a school has in its neighborhood. Our approach enabled this new school to be both the educational and recreational centerpiece of its community.  The site was designed in two phases, initially anticipating that the existing school would remain open for a period of time after the new school was built. As a shared campus, the site design minimized the impact of traffic to the surrounding community yet still maintained ample open space to provide for play fields, drop-offs and storm water mitigation areas. 

The site plan also takes advantage of the natural preserve located east of the new school to create an “Outdoor Classroom” opportunity for the students. This preserve area provides students with the opportunity to learn about indigenous plants and animals and creates a complementary learning experience unique to this site. The open green spaces and park-like setting provide numerous external learning opportunities that allow students to be physically active and to interact with the community and natural world around them. Finally, when the existing school was replaced by the play fields in the final phase, the site is designed as a community resource as well as a state-of-the-art elementary school by accommodating convenient after-hours and weekend use of the park and play fields while keeping the school facility secure