KBS joined with AECOM to provide volunteer design-construct services for the Norfolk Botanical Garden. The Garden’s Summer Exhibition, “Enchanted Storybook Forest,” featured a collection of eight storybook playhouses created by local builders, architects and organizations. Each house was based on a classic children’s story, nursery rhyme or song and encourages an awareness of literature and horticulture.
The AECOM/KBS Team embarked on a 13-week effort to design and build an award-winning children’s playhouse called Old MacDonald Had a Farm. KBS employees, Tom Fillmore, Matt Gass, Kevin Mazzio, Cliff Ringenberg and Chip Rudolph, joined AECOM employees in donating more than 800 volunteer hours for planning and design of the site and structure, carpentry, painting, design and fabrication of props, landscaping and roofscaping. The design focused on incorporation of sustainable products, materials and practices.
An interactive barn and farmyard, Old MacDonald Had a Farm included recycled tire swings shaped into horses; a “green” roof consisting of sedums and other hardy, drought-resistant flora living on top of the barn roof; as well as a hayloft, slide, chicken coop, garden and a variety of educational activities for children. The AECOM/KBS Team exhibit earned the Most Sustainable Award for their “green” design and construction.
AECOM and KBS would like to thank the employees and vendors who donated their valuable time and effort to make this exhibit possible: Batten Bay Farms, Bay Painting, Benchmark Woodwork and Sussex Development Corporation.