A Site-Sensitive Approach
As an environmental stewardship organization, a site-sensitive approach
for the building's placement on the land was imperative.
Leaving the majority of the 80 acre site undisturbed for hiking trails,
as well as to protect existing plant and animal habitat, was an
A small clearing near the existing structures and parking lots, with
favorable solar access, and an east-west orientation (for passive solar
optimization) was ultimately chosen for the Learning Center building
Plan at right shows only the developed portion of 80 acre property
(approx 6 acres).
NOTE: Site is heavily wooded– not all trees are shown.
James Learning Center
Natural detention glade
Parking lot (existing)
Amphitheater building (existing)
Restroom building (existing)
Water storage tank (existing)
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