Reflo MPS

  • Clement Avenue School

ReFlo and Community Design Solutions (CDS) combined to work with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to propose a re-design of a variety of outdoor spaces. Sites addressed thus far in an ongoing relationship include include Starms Early Childhood Center, Longfellow School, Burdick School, and Hawley Environmental School, Clement Avenue School, Anna F. Doerfler Elementary, Golda Meir School, Harold S. Vincent High School, Westside Academy, Academy for Accelerated Learning, Allen-Field Elementary, Bay View Montessori, La Escuela Fratney, North Division High School, Benjamin Franklin School, Hayes Bilingual School, Nathaniel Hawthorne School, Neeskara School, Zablocki Elementary, Gaenslen School, Milwaukee German Immersion School, Kluge Elementary School, Mitchell Integrated Arts School, Riley Dual Language Montessori, Milwaukee Sign Language School, Morse Middle School, Greenfield Bilingual School, Lincoln Avenue School, Story Elementary School, Forrest Home Avenue School and St Anthony School.

These sites start off as almost completely paved in asphalt, which is deteriorating; leading to student injuries and costly repairs.  Furthermore, the asphalt prevents storm water from adequately retaining on site, putting strain on the city’s storm water system.  ReFlo proposes a conceptual site wide storm water management strategy, incorporating new play spaces for students and outdoor classrooms. CDS proposed a variety of designs that synthesize outdoor programs with the previously stated ReFlo intervention; specific to each site. These include play spaces, partially and fully covered outdoor classrooms, public seating and green spaces.