Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

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The newly renovated Indian Springs School campus in Indian Springs, Alabama is intended to better realize the school's original vision developed by the Olmsted brothers in the early 1950s. The new campus opens views to the existing lake, integrates the native landscape into the student experience and incorporates innovative stormwater management practices to mitigate drainage and lake water quality issues. Collectively, these aspects facilitate educational opportunities within the school's science, biology and botany curricula. "Learning through Living" "Learning through Living" is the fundamental mission of Indian Springs School. This coeducational boarding school for grades 8-12 is an institution that believes innovative thinking, integrity and moral courage are best inspired by "not just what happens inside the classroom, but also, quite crucially, what happens outside of it." This philosophy of balanced learning was the guiding principle on which the new campus was developed. Indian Springs School was the brainchild of M.I.T-educated industrialist Harvey Woodward. He envisioned "a school in his home state that would train young men for a lifetime of learning." It was on Mr. Woodward's picturesque estate that the school first opened its doors in 1952. The school commissioned the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm to create the school's first master plan in 1950. Note: The Olmsted Brothers' firm was established in 1898 by John Charles Olmsted (1852–1920) and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870–1957) Above: At the Indian Springs School in Indian Springs, Alabama, the courtyard has 12"x 30" buffed colored concrete pavers in a running bond pattern. The smooth finish has an oil based sealer and grip-texture additive. The benches are gabion baskets with 6"-8" washed crushed blue/gray sandstone, capped by 4" thick precast concrete. The bridge decking is 1"x 6" composite wood in an earth tone color. 34 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Indian Springs School, Indian Springs, Alabama: a Landscape Laboratory with an Olmsted Brothers Heritage CARBO Landscape Architecture, Baton Rouge; Architect of Record: ArchitectureWorks, LLC; Design Architect: Lake | Flato

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