Locust Trace

CARMAN, in conjunction with Tate Hill Jacobs Architects, provided site master planning, site design and engineering for a new AgriScience Center that provides agricultural/environmental education to high school students within the Fayette County school system. This county-wide facility is also used by other agricultural programs in surrounding Central Kentucky counties. The site, containing approximately 80 acres, provides vocational education in various different agricultural fields with a focus on equine and livestock management. In addition to core curriculum other available classes include crop production, aquaculture, farm machinery mechanics, and veterinary science.  A local veterinarian operates an actual clinic in the classroom building, providing first-hand learning opportunities for the students. The AgriScience Center includes a classroom building with laboratories and an auditorium that hosts many community events, a state-of-the-art greenhouse, an arena and stable for hosting livestock shows, and a livestock barn.  The facility is a showcase for sustainable design, including high-performance buildings covered with solar panels and green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, a constructed wetlands to treat sanitary waste on-site, permeable paver driveways and parking, raingardens and rainwater catchment for livestock and crop irrigation.  An outdoor classroom was designed as a deck built over a sinkhole and miles of fences delineate paddocks, pastures, community gardens, vineyards and crops.  The school opened in the fall of 2011 and has hosted countless tours of groups excited about agriculture and environmentally sustainable design.