Summer visitors to LL Bean’s flagship store in Freeport, Maine, would not have missed the large and beautiful green and white shade structure in the courtyard. It supports the many free activities provided by LL Bean for visitors; morning yoga classes, movie nights, fitness classes, concerts, and lawn games.
As summer was coming to a close and COVID-19 remained pandemic, schools preparing for in-person learning were integrating outdoor classrooms into their plans. The outdoor learning initiative within the Portland, Maine public schools was looking for structures that would give spatial definition to outdoor classrooms while also providing teachers and students with outdoor shade and some protection from the elements.
This is Part I on our experience working with schools to create solutions for outdoor classrooms. Stay tuned for Part II: Outdoor Classrooms for Portland Schools.
Transformit was asked to provide quotes for dozens of outdoor classrooms to be used at a public school in Maine. The Cares Act had provided the township with a budget to work with, and they needed to research the best places to invest their resources. Cindy and Tom came out the next day to spend two hours walking the Elementary, Middle, and High School combined campus. It was a hot day, and you could certainly understand that the students would need shade in order to concentrate and even see their laptops. There were many wonderful ideas and requests for us to consider: