The Arbor School is a private educational facility for children with severe maladies
ranging from autism to full immobility. The facility involves cross-disciplinary participation
with physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychological
services available on campus.
We studied several programs to achieve the best outcome – balancing needs of the
internal zoning while capitalizing on the site’s assets, particularly the trees. The formal
solution results in an “S” shaped form that structures itself around trees and public
spaces. The layout offers opportunity for zoning and phasing based upon naming opportunity
for fund-raising and scheduling. The zones range from autism, administrative
and entry, multi-purpose assembly and vocational. The design of the arbor highlights
the wood materials, which sit around in the gardens of the site.