Landscape Architecture | Planning | Urban Design

Wayland High School

Wayland, MA

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Two new buildings designed by HMFH Architects replace the cluster of one-story buildings that comprised the Wayland High School campus prior to its reconstruction. Located in a rural/suburban area with views to the Sudbury River, the community valued the “California Style” indoor-outdoor qualities of the old campus, but the buildings were no longer adequate for the school’s educational needs. CSS worked with HMFH Architects to site the new buildings so as to create outside courtyards and gathering spaces that recall those that had been present in the previous campus. The new design includes a paved entry plaza broken up by large planting beds, and a terrace outside of the central commons area to facilitate outdoor eating and gathering. The design incorporates areas for bus loading, vehicular drop-off/pick–up and parking, in addition to the terraces and plazas adjacent to the new buildings. Sustainable features of the site include rain gardens in parking areas to pretreat pavement runoff and the use of drought-resistant native plantings.

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