RL Stevenson School

R.L. Stevenson School    San Francisco, California


The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Unified School District partnered to transform R.L. Stevenson School into an innovative “Stormwater Schoolyard” demonstration project. Working with a planning team that included agency representatives Green Schoolyards America and Teichmann LandschaftsArchitekten from Berlin, Miller Company provided facilitation of design workshops with students, teachers and school administrators resulting in the creation of a transformative Master Plan and a project design plan. The project is currently under construction with a targeted completion date of August 2018.


Components of the design include:

• Diversion of rainwater collected from roof areas to a large infiltration dry creek in the North Yard planted with native drought tolerant trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. The area frames an outdoor classroom space equipped with tables adjacent to the new classroom building.

• A sunken gathering area in the South Yard where water collected from building roofs and play yard areas is infiltrated through permeable pavers. The area is shaded with new trees and shrubs selected from their ability to thrive in flood and drought conditions.

• An expanded learning garden equipped with raised beds, a greenhouse, and components facilitating teaching curriculum generated from garden activities.

• New native gardens throughout the schoolyards.

• An adventure area incorporating natural logs and boulders for exploration.


Client: SFUSD