McLaren Engineering Group provided civil engineering, stormwater management, permitting and boundary / topographic / aerial surveys for this 20-acre property in Rockland County surrounded by an organic farm and neighboring community gardens. The Waldorf inspired school nurtures the whole child through sensory tactile and experimental learning and will include classrooms, a library, a multipurpose/game room, a performance and eurhythmy hall, dining room and therapy rooms.
McLaren also provided schematic design, site grading, utilities plans and construction phase services when engineering this k-12 progressive school. Designed to meet zero net energy standards, the building offers a variety of educational programs constructed to meet the needs of students with developmental delays and learning challenges. Artistic activities such as speech and movement, visual and musical will be integral to the students’ classroom activities, as well as practical skills such as cooking, weaving, wood- and metalworking, farming and animal care. Students can thrive in an environment free of distractions, with spatial variety, straightforward navigation, and access to nature.
Otto Specht School won the Best of Design Award for Unbuilt – Education by The Architect’s Newspaper.