10900 Mulhull Street, El Monte, CA 91731
PROJECT DATE: 2015 – Ongoing
Designed for Wellness
The Jeff Seymour Family Center (JSFC) is community hub for families providing comprehensive programs to promote overall family wellness. Administered by the El Monte City School District, the JSFC unites the county and community to strengthen individual, family, and neighborhood protective factors and increase social connectedness, community mobilization, and access to needed support and services.
The Jeff Seymour Family Center Green Infrastructure Campus was designed and developed by Emerald Necklace Group| Amigos de los Rios, in partnership with the El Monte City School District and community stakeholders.
Amigos de los Rios’ unique expertise in sustainable and community-based design includes youth training programs, environmental education,and community outreach.
The Jeff Seymour Family Center campus is designed around the idea of community “wellness.” Whereas many school campuses tend to be somewhat stark, institutional, and often unwelcoming, the Center is a place for the community to enjoy a more natural setting, with features designed to provide both physical and psychological wellness.
Storm Water Management
The Center also promotes environmental wellness, with targeted interventions to improve the ecology on site.
Water is a guiding principle in the campus design. Following the flow of water on site, we removed water-intensive grass and changed the shape of the ground to add gentle depressions, mounds, and swales to direct and capture rain and runoff, creating a new topography and a new sense of place.
Rain gardens and bioswales located throughout the campus collect and infiltrate water from rooftops, sidewalks, asphalt blacktops, and parking lots. As gravity pushes water through layers of soil, it is naturally cleaned before recharging our underground water supply. This process also helps prevent pollutants from entering our waterways.
KEY AGENCY PARTNERS:
FUNDING: California Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund through the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Urban and Community Forestry Program.
PROJECT DESIGN & BUILD TEAM: Emerald Necklace Group|Amigos de los Rios
Additional funding provided by the Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program through the California Department of Natural Resources, and from REI.