At Alpharetta High School, the stormwater management and the gardens are coincident. Specially devised downspouts align with runnels that are also sculptures. Runnels deposit water into plant-filled rain gardens. The gardens are simultaneously learning opportunities, outdoor classrooms, and they are equipped with casual amphitheaters that make them active teaching spaces. The inhabited stormwater gardens are complemented by planted stormwater gardens in the parking lots that are swathes of reforestation. Other stormwater management areas are woven into the landscape unnoticed.


CLIENT: Fulton County School District
SERVICES: Landscape Design, Sculptural Grading, Constructed Elements
PARTNERS: Perkins + Will Architects, McGuffy Hill (sustainability consultants), Travis Pruitt Engineers
STATUS: Constructed, 2003


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