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Foothill Science Center

The Client

Located in the affluent neighborhood of Tustin, California, Foothill High School is home to a student body of approximately 2,500. With projections indicating that class sizes will increase, the Tustin Unified School District set in motion a complete expansion of the school’s Science Center. Pierre Landscape worked with Barnhart Balfour Beatty on the 26,000 square foot project.

The Project

The project was slated to be finished within an 18 month period, a tight deadline by any standards. Time became even scarcer when the district decided to change part of the landscaping plans at the eleventh hour. Pierre jumped right in to assist in developing a modified plan that would keep the project on schedule for the 2009 fall opening. According to the project manager, Jim Mullanix, Pierre Landscape “helped us work with the owner and architect on design changes.” Pierre’s assistance validated the practical application of the changes that the District requested.

The high-profile nature and size of the job demanded a large quantity of plant material. Pierre carefully unloaded, placed, and planted thirty-one large palm trees throughout the landscape. Several flanked the main entryway, but the majority of the palms were hauled to the courtyard area where their dramatic height could play against the buildings’ sculptural detail. Another major design element was the 4,040 shrubs installed in planters around the building, within the courtyard, and along the fence line. Seventeen different species of various sizes were called for, bringing color and texture to the project. Lavender, Blue Nile, and Indian Hawthorn were the most common shrubs used.

The Result

Despite the challenges, the Foothill High School Science Center finished in a timely fashion, to everyone’s relief. Pierre’s experience working with local school districts was instrumental to the project’s completion. The client was thoroughly impressed with Pierre’s hands-on approach to the situation. Jim Mullanix harped that Pierre “bent over backwards on this project.” That’s just the way Pierre does business.


Client: Tustin Unified School District
Location: Tustin, California
Project: Foothill High School
Scope: Large palm tree installation, design assistance, irrigation, and landscaping
Pierre Client Since: November 2005

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