Established in 1862, Ravenscroft School is a college preparatory school that enrolls students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The school is recognizable for its two-toned brick façade and southern magnolias planted at the campus entrance on Falls of Neuse Road. As the school has grown, it has undergone several modifications to improve vehicular circulation and meet current design standards. Initially, a roundabout was installed to increase traffic flow and enhance site safety without disrupting the sixty-six magnolia trees around the entrance. But eventually school outgrew the roundabout, and it became clear that a larger circulation footprint was necessary. Working with school administration, staff, and parents, WithersRavenel updated the campus master plan to incorporate wider driving lanes and new turn lanes into the campus entrance design.
WithersRavenel collaborated with school stakeholders to define the scope of work, approve design concepts, and oversee budgets and construction. Phase I implementation involved roadway and streetscape improvements to Falls of Neuse Road and Newton Road. WithersRavenel took great care during the grading design and construction to retain as much of the magnolias’ existing root system as possible, protecting them in spite of the considerable changes taking place around them, and two-thirds of the trees were able to be preserved.