Land Development

Spring, Texas


Gloria Marshall Elementary

Innovation. The award-winning Gloria Marshall Elementary School is a groundbreaking project featuring a geothermal well field under the parking lot and playground that transports hot and cold water in and out of the school. The team applied additional low impact development (LID) design principles by incorporating bioswales for site drainage and a water cistern to collect rainwater, while preserving existing vegetation and trees.

The Spring ISD facility was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and recently earned three prestigious “Green Design” recognitions including the 2011 Claudill Award, the highest honor for the planning and design of public education facilities awarded by the Texas Association of School Administrators. LJA teamed with SHW Group and was responsible for landscape architecture and site civil design work. An outdoor classroom boasts an eco-pond with a cistern and water trough used to teach integrated concepts of math and science to the students. Other features offering real world educational opportunities include a sensory garden and wind turbine.

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Landscape Architecture


Low Impact Development

LEED Design

Green Infrastructure Design