Neighborhood Connectivity at Walnut Creek Elementary School, Azle ISD
NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIVITY AT WALNUT CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
4,500 LF of pedestrian sidewalk
Peloton Land Solutions, a Westwood company was the civil engineer for the new 82,000 square foot elementary school located on 15 acres adjacent to Azle High School. The relocation of the 60-year-old K-4th grade campus away from Hwy 730 increases student safety and improves neighborhood traffic.
Our landscape architects schematically designed more than 4,500 linear feet of off-site pedestrian sidewalks and on-site pedestrian bridges, linking the school to nearby parks and existing school amenities. After joining the project team, our engineers noticed that conceptual plans had the building placed over an established jurisdictional stream and our team redesigned the horizontal layout of all site features to avoid this disturbance, including parking lots and circulation driveways. This saved the client more than $400,000 in stream mitigation costs, kept the project on schedule, and provided a sustainable and high-quality design.
Our planners designed the site taking into consideration pedestrian and vehicular flow and connectivity to student drop off areas and surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, consideration was given to avoid existing on-site utilities (gas pipeline and easement, water, and sewer), and to design around them with a functional, yet aesthetic, solution.