WATERSHED worked closely with the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation (FEEF) to create a master plan, budget, and conceptual design for a STEAM focused Educational Enrichment Center, located in the center of downtown Fairhope. The center will transform the grounds of a historic school campus into an outdoor classroom, demonstrating best practices in ecological engineering and regenerative design, and re-framing the Pelican’s Nest Marine Science Lab as the heart of the campus. Four existing free standing classrooms will be renovated into a project based learning and professional development centers, with capacity for film-making, robotics, science labs, and the arts. These flexible, modern learning environments, with white board wall surfaces, green screens, movable partitions and adaptable furnishings will feel more like the headquarters of a technology firm than a traditional school. Both the Buildings and Site will be redesigned as 3D textbooks, demonstrating best practices for the transformation of an aging facility into a cutting edge Net Positive Water and Energy School to the state of Alabama and the Gulf Coast region.
Educational Enrichment Center
Project Type: Master Planning, Conceptual Design
Client: Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation
Location: Fairhope, AL
What makes this campus a 3D Textbook?
- Rainwater Collection system
- “Living Machine” water treatment wetland
- Solar Canopy and Electronic Energy Monitoring
- Green Walls / Living Art Exhibits
- Teaching Garden and Compost Center
- Outdoor Classrooms and Performance Space
- Flexible, wired Maker Spaces encourage creativity