Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) recently provided civil engineering and landscape architecture services for Arlington Heights School District 25.
The school wanted bring the existing preschool playground at Greenbrier School up to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. EEA’s civil engineering and landscape architecture consultants recommended replacing the playground’s woodchip surface with a smooth rubberized surface. The team prepared specifications and coordinated the project between the school district, excavating contractor, and the play surface vendor.
Ivy Hill School
Campus-wide improvements were completed in the fall of 2016 at Ivy Hill School.
New building additions on the east side of the school required relocating the playground area as well as an existing detention basin. The reconfigured playground was outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, a new rubberized play surface, and full-size basketball and four-square courts.
EEA designed a new bus drop-off to direct bus traffic away from the parent pickup and drop-off areas. The new long bus queue was formed by relocating the drive on Valley Lane farther to the east. Stormwater detention for the new campus improvements was provided through an above-ground detention basin. The existing basin was previously permitted through the MWRDGC, but was not constructed properly. EEA engineers reshaped the basin for added storage and because the basin overflow was raised and reconstructed, it provided more protection for adjacent neighbors.
Olive-Mary Stitt School
EEA worked with Olive-Mary Stitt School on several campus-wide upgrades. Improvements included a new classroom addition, gymnasium, reconfigured parking lot, parent drop-off, playgrounds, and an enlarged aboveground
stormwater detention facility.
Traffic congestion and pedestrian safety on Olive Street were an ongoing concerns for the school. EEA eliminated a parking lot entrance opposite Belmont Avenue and added full access opposite Haddon Avenue, creating additional queuing space and longer drop-off lanes. Off-site circulation was positively impacted by directing the traffic to a single location.
The project’s close proximity to neighboring properties presented many grading, drainage and utility challenges. Drainage was improved along the property line by collecting and conveying runoff to the expanded detention facility on the east side of the campus before it escaped to the adjacent properties.
EEA worked with the school on updating the playgrounds with asphalt and a rubberized surfaces for increased longevity and ADA compliance.