When we first pulled onto Covenant’s campus, we were impressed by its beautiful property. After observing the school’s biggest benefits and its trickiest pitfalls, after listening to the administration’s goals for its families, Visioneering came away with a sense of Covenant Christian School’s ultimate desire: how can we be a bigger, better part of the community to make a difference eternally in people’s lives?
We moved forward with two goals in mind: internally create a learning atmosphere where kids can connect to their creator anywhere from microbiology to astrophysics; externally create a safe entrance that also presents a welcome invitation to the public. We crafted a Master Plan that can be completed in phases, as the long-term hope for Covenant is to expand on their site and eventually triple their program.
Internally we drafted lifelong learning labs—three modules centered around an open-air courtyard. It’s open to sky space and nestled into the existing forest on their property, almost like creating a learning village with quads and courtyard areas and a chapel. The gym, cafeteria, and classrooms now feed into the general common area, with tracks of internal connections from pavilion to pavilion that connect outward for after-school activities.
When we examined the entrance, we were greeted by a retired military general who was directing campus traffic. Having grandchildren at the school, he expressed his concerns to us about making things easier and safer for pedestrians and vehicles in the drop-off/pickup area and parking circulation. We created a long drop-off and pickup queue for students and redirected their administration and their main welcome area. This provides a bigger street presence and a safer traffic flow. We were also able to negotiate additional parking by sharing space with the school’s next-door neighbor, a church.
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