christopher consultants, ltd.

National Cathedral School – Washington, DC

christopher is providing complete landscape architecture services for the redesign of the National Cathedral School. The redesign includes a new courtyard and new centralized, secure entry portal. christopher’s team developed a design for the 1.8 acre site that reflected the historic architecture of the campus, incorporated learning opportunities into the landscape and redesigned and replaced a 100 seat amphitheater.

The National Cathedral School for Girls is an Episcopal, independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 4-12. The school, located on the Washington National Cathedral Close in northwest Washington, DC, is undergoing renovations to several buildings and the Woodley North courtyard. christopher’s design concept focused on creating “living classroom ” spaces that incorporate learning opportunities into the landscape. Working with staff and students, educational priorities were identified such as the provision of multiple outdoor classroom spaces, physical representation of graphing and measurement, green technology demonstration areas and several expanses of landscaped or open garden plots for science activities.

One of christopher’s priorities was full accessibility of the entire project site, including the amphitheater and the inner courtyard lawn. christopher’s team was challenged to incorporate low impact development (LID) techniques, such as rain gardens, with an emphasis towards native plants and plant materials requested by the Washington National Cathedral Garden Committee. Another goal was to salvage existing plantings for reuse. The foundation to grade and storm water drainage permit plans have been approved by the District of Columbia, the design development phase has been completed and construction documents will be completed before the end of 2014.