Schools and Community


Our years of community-based work includes experience with multiple schools, cities and towns, and non-profit organizations. Our established design process includes facilitation of design workshops and community meetings, setting goals with key stakeholders, such as parents, administrators, students, and alumni. IDS then guides clients through design creation, fundraising efforts, permitting, and construction. Special effort is made to assure that the design materials also provide collateral materials for fundraising and future marketing efforts. Our dynamic team can help design and manage your project from start to finish.

Select School and Community Projects:

Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs, CO
IDS conducted visioning workshops with the board of directors, administrators, faculty, and students, to set goals for the Campus Master Plan. Materials were developed to showcase the vision to the campus community, in order to raise funds for the project, including story boards and a 3D model of proposed site changes. A set of sustainability guidelines for the campus were also developed in conjunction with the Campus Master Plan.

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, Santa Rosa, CA
IDS prepared a master site plan for remodel and expansion of community center. Site considerations included expansion of dormitories, revised circulation, and additions of site elements to enhance offerings for community meditation, retreats, and other community events.

Site Assessment and Capacity Testing, San Rafael, CA
IDS completed site assessment studies for an existing 4-acre site, including existing buildings and outdoor spaces, in order to determine options for a future entrepreneurial endeavor, based on proposed tasks, space needs, and healthy work spaces. Site concepts, uses calculations, and proposed options were developed.

Site Planning for Affordable Housing, Novato, CA
IDS developed conceptual site plans to test options for expansion of affordable housing development, in conjunction with Dorman Associates. Plans focused on considerations of healthy, viable affordable living spaces, site circulation, and outdoor amenities.

Mount Tamalpais School Campus Master Plan, Mill Valley, CA
IDS develop a 10 year master plan for this Mill Valley private school. Proposed changes included new play areas, improved outdoor seating areas, adjusted arrival and drop off spaces, and additional classroom. Materials developed at each phase provided supporting materials to fundraise for subsequent project phases. Phase 1-3 have been completed.

San Domenico School Sustainable Garden Remodel, San Anselmo, CA
IDS worked with parents, administrators, and teachers to create with a vision for the rehabilitation of the half acre sustainable garden area on campus. Materials were developed to showcase the vision to the campus community, in order to raise funds for the project. Materials included story boards, PowerPoint presentation, and Quicktime movie of 3D model of proposed site. IDS coordinated submittal of planning and construction documents for County permitting.

Plaza Fountain, University of San Francisco, SF, CA
IDS designed a 100 Sf fountain at a central amphitheater area, in order to add character and noise mitigation to the space. A bold design exhibits the prominence of the surrounding structures, with a softness to water flow.

Outdoor Learning Center, Mount Tamalpais School, Mill Valley, CA
IDS design and built an Outdoor Learning Center at the school. A fountain, vegetable beds, human sundial, are all part of the learning experience.

Sierra Star District Planning Study, Mammoth Lakes, CA
IDS conducted a planning study for the Sierra Star district in Mammoth Lakes, CA. The planning study, which included public input, analyzed issues and options, and presented recommendations for implementing the General Plan and community vision through future development.

Community Church, Mill Valley, CA
IDS designed the landscape concepts for the exterior of this community church. Proposed changes included new seating, new sense of entry, bike parking, and revised planning. 3D model display was created to support fundraising efforts.

Global Schools of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
IDS created a master plan for an elementary school rehabilitation project. Key site elements included outdoor play areas, new dining area, new arrival sequence.

Selected School and Community Projects in collaboration with Perkins Design Associates:

Mammoth College, Mammoth Lakes, CA– Campus expansion plans

University of California Merced, Merced, CA– Landscape Plans

St. Vincent’s’, San Rafael, CA– Site Analysis diagrams

University of California Berkeley, CA– Landscape and Site Design (Haas Plaza)

Mammoth College, Mammoth Lakes CA- Master Plan/Skate Park

Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley CA- Master Planning Long Range Development Plan

UC Berkeley, Richmond Field Station, Richmond CA- Landscape Plans/NRLF

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