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Vare-Washington Elementary

When two Southeast Philadelphia elementary schools merged, the opportunity arose to extend the amazing things happening inside to the schoolyard and two rooftop spaces. The Collaborative’s conceptual plan lays out future options for active play—a full or half basketball court, play equipment, and a gaga arena—and unique elements like a pollinator garden, a rooftop performance space, and an exploratory tree swale.

Volunteer Design Team

Anamarija Montak

Graphic Designer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anthony Kennedy

Cost Estimator
Glenside, Pennsylvania

Christina McCallum

Landscape Architectural Designer
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hana Elum

Civil Engineer

“The other people in my team were all amazing at what they do and inspired me.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hans Hesselein

Landscape Architect, Registered
Apiary Studio
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tom Faranda

Structural Engineer
Thomas C. Faranda, P.E.
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
Vare-Washington School: Conceptual Design for Schoolyard Greening
Sponsoring Nonprofit
United Communities Southeast Philadelphia
1198 S. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
South Philadelphia
Volunteer Hours
Value of Pro Bono Services
Design Grant Completed
January 13, 2017


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