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Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School

The Client

Founded in 1990 by Doug Woods, Peter Nosler, and Ron Davidowski, DPR Construction has ranked in the top 50 general contractors in the country since 1997, and, as of January 2014, has ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for five consecutive years. DPR Construction exists to build great things and has lived up to that purpose time and again, earning numerous awards, honors, LEED certifications, and net-zero energy status. Holding core values in integrity, enjoyment, uniqueness, and ever-forwardness, DPR Construction demonstrates their quality and innovation not only in their project results and people practices, but also in their community initiatives, having contributed over $4 million to organizations across the country through the DPR Foundation. DPR has built great relationships that make the company integral to the communities it operates in.


The Project

Founded in 1991 by Irving Gelman, a Holocaust survivor, Irvine’s Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School is the only independent K-12 Jewish community day school in Orange County and one of the largest in the nation. The new K-5 Outdoor Classroom and playground area is an exploratory learning garden, art studio, amphitheater, and nature park, featuring new playground equipment, a blacktop play area, a tricycle maze, and a dry riverbed with a farm water pump. To create the space, Pierre demolished the existing landscape; spread 34 cubic yards of planter pot mix, 35 cubic yards of mulch, and 54 tons of decomposed granite; placed over 200 boulders ranging in size from 1 foot in diameter to 5 feet in diameter; installed a drinking fountain, green screens, 27 custom planters, and 2 concrete tables; and planted sod, ground cover, 712 plants from pots ranging in size from 1-gallon to 15-gallons, and 23 trees from boxes ranging in size from 36” to 60”. As a result, the beautiful new playground provides an imaginative space for elementary school students to learn, play, and flourish.


Customer: DPR Construction
Architect:  LPA, Inc.
Description: Education
Location: Irvine, California
Project: Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School
Scope: Landscape including irrigation, gates, tables, custom planters, drinking fountain, boulders, amendment, mulch, shrubs, ground cover, sod, and trees.

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