Ruidoso Middle School
Location: Ruidoso, NM
MRWM was the prime consultant responsible for the design and construction observation of numerous improvements to the campus of this new middle school in the mountains of Ruidoso. The school was built in 2009, but only minimal site improvements were made at the time of initial construction. As a result, there were few exterior features for the students to use and erosion was prevalent on numerous steep slopes throughout the campus that were disturbed by construction. MRWM led a team of designers that included structural and civil engineers, architects, and electrical engineers. The project scope included three major components; the design of outdoor gathering areas and classrooms, two synthetic turf fields for passive recreation, and a nature inspired play area; the redesign of the main access road and existing bus drop off area to improve bus and student circulation; and the design of a new synthetic turf athletic field including lighting, a ticketing and spectator plaza, grading and drainage improvements and new storage building. The landscape design addressed the drainage and erosion issues, increased passive water harvesting opportunities while keeping maintenance requirements low. Revegetative seeding was specified to mitigate disturbance from the original school construction and great care was taken to select plant material that was appropriate to the region, allowing it to survive during periods of restricted irrigation.