Samuel Brighouse Elementary is a replacement school, designed by Perkins + Will, with landscape architecture by Durante Kreuk. Everything but the gymnasium was demolished so that the school could be brought up to seismic codes. This opened up a tremendous opportunity to design a school that serves as a model for environmental stewardship. A green roof was incorporated into the design, directing runoff to a constructed wetland. The majority of the site landscaping uses native plants, which eliminates the need for irrigation. 90 trees were planted on the new school ground to provide shade for students and a rich habitat for local birds and insects.
Location: Richmond, British Columbia
Landscape Architect: Durante Kreuk Ltd.
Completion Date: March 2011
Client: School District 38 Richmond
Materials: Native planting, green roof system
- Native planting
- Green roof