As construction of the new Sherman High School progresses, additional designs for the building’s landscaping are being finalized. During the September 17 board meeting, final designs for the courtyard’s landscaping were presented to the school board.
The vision for the courtyard is to create a safe, flexible, and vibrant outdoor space for the students and faculty of Sherman High School that will serve as a focal point and showpiece of the culture of the new SHS. The courtyard area will remain locked during normal school hours, will accommodate many different activities at the same time, and the design is fresh and modern with an asymmetrical loop walk that ties all of the different spaces together.
Below are the points that were considered during the design process for the courtyard:
The courtyard will remain locked during normal school hours with a gate at the NW side on the Pride Walk.
There is visibility and transparency to the courtyard from inside the building on all sides including the Library, Fine Arts, CTE, and indoor athletic areas.
The lines and surfaces in the courtyard are informal and organic - creating a more relaxing feeling.
The courtyard is large enough to accommodate many different activities at the same time. There are spaces that are sunny, shady, quiet, and sociable so everyone can find a spot to suit their needs.
Lots of Seating – enough for several hundred to sit down at the same time through the use of built-in curved concrete walls, moveable seating, and grassy hills.
Lots of un-programed Open Space to allow for the widest variety of uses.
The Fine Arts area opens directly onto the courtyard to create an outdoor studio for use by art students.
The design is fresh and modern with an asymmetrical loop walk that ties all of the different spaces together.
The use of grassy berms, textured concrete, un-programmed spaces, and modern furnishings is visually appealing, promotes creativity, and will draw students into the courtyard.