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Oak Tree at the Laurel School Upper Campus

From: domainremoved <Scott>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:15:11 -0700

Hi Armad,

I know that the Upper Laurel Campus School is going to be an outstanding addition to the already wonderful Menlo Park City School District campuses.

I was fortunate enough to have you lead me through a tour of the just completed Hillview Campus when I was preparing for the School District's Environmental Quality Award for outstanding energy efficient design.

I have viewed the design of the the Upper Laurel Campus and I have spoken with the the project's construction foreman, and between the drawings and the builders excitement about the project I am sure that this school will be an example of how new schools should be built.

As a member of the City of Menlo Park's Environmental Quality Commission and a representative of its Heritage Tree Subcommittee, I always look at trees
in Menlo Park as an asset. In this time of unpredictable weather cycles we are fortunate to have established drought tolerent Heritage Trees as a gift to our community. I know that the new landscaping plan has many new trees being planted on the site, yet I feel it is important to keep mature trees on the campus to provide a healthy canopy and to create a buffer to soften the edges of the new school buildings from the surrounding neighbor's views. With some resourcefulness I think the School District could come up with a creative way to provide student safety and still save the the Heritage Oak Tree that is near the French Court neighbors on the Upper Laurel Campus.

One of great feelings I get when I go to the Lower Laurel School Campus is that the school feels more like a peaceful park than a learning institution. This is because the newly constructed school buildings were built around existing trees. The students have trees to play under and families have some shade to put their blankets during the "Back to School Night" picnics.

Thanks Armad for your outstanding work of guiding the School District and the Menlo Park Community through all of it school rebuilding projects.


Scott Marshall

Received on Thu Jul 09 2015 - 09:12:39 PDT

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