EEA worked closely with the landscape architect and representatives from Chicago Public Schools to provide new site design features on the Thomas J. Waters Elementary campus that were not only functional, but also enhanced the aesthetic surroundings of the school for students, faculty and staff.
During the project, EEA participated in a unique learning activity for the development of the synthetic turf playing field. EEA provided design for detention and utilities below the field grade while students provided input to Chicago Public Schools and the turf contractor to design the top layer of the field. With the help of EEA, Waters School also implemented a number of “green” features in the site renovations, including permeable paving within the parking lot. Other sustainable initiatives included bioswales with native plants to filter water, replacement of asphalt paving with crushed stone, site lighting powered by solar panels, and benches made of recycled materials. In addition to site improvements, EEA consulted with the school to remove the existing annex south of the main building, allowing for the construction of a new building. The existing asphalt was then replaced with landscaped play areas and gardens to complement other exterior changes.