Preserving and enhancing the existing natural site features and park-like character were important drivers and design challenges for the project. The goal was to nestle the building onto previously developed portions of the site without altering the existing hillside topography or natural rock outcropping and mature vegetation. This constraint required a compact building footprint.
Design decisions regarding articulation of building form were generated in response to the site features and residential abutters. The building footprint, by example, was purposely rotated from street alignment to minimize both the massing impact along the street as well as the negative noise impact on interior classrooms from heavy traffic.