Forest Grove Community School
Forest Grove, Oregon | 2009
Communitecture has been working in several capacities with this free public charter school that engages students in scholarship, stewardship, and citizenship with the goal of educating for sustainability. They provide a caring, smaller school environment that challenges students to reach their highest potential through learning rooted in the local community. Our work with them has included planning for both permanent and temporary expansion of the overall school facilities, permit documents for the reconfiguration of parking and placement of portable classrooms, and participatory design workshops for the redevelopment of their playground and outdoor restrooms. All of these aspects of the school’s expansion are ecologically considered, with the playground envisioned to be made of non-toxic, naturally-based materials.