Wednesday, October 22, 2008

TerraSol Partners with Gwin Oaks Elementary to Expand Environmental Educational Opportunities by Beginning Construction on Outdoor Classroom

On November 15, 2008, parents of students at Gwin Oaks Elementary will be bringing their tools, rolling up their sleeves and continuing the work that Vesmont, LC, developer of the new, eco-friendly lifestyle community TerraSol in Gwinnett County, and Highlight Homes, one of the builders for that subdivision, began on the Gwin Oaks outdoor classroom. Establishing roots in the community by entering into a professional learning partnership with Gwin Oaks Elementary School, Vesmont and Highlight Homes pledged funds and labor to restore the Gwin Oaks Nature Preserve and outdoor classroom.

“We plan to do all of the clearing, grading, paving and other heavy lifting in advance and help to coordinate the efforts of the parents that are going to volunteer to bring this project to fruition,” said Lawrence Kasmen, a principal of Vesmont, LC and Highlight Homes, LLC. “This partnership was a natural fit for our companies, and we are committed to being a vital part of the community here in Gwinnett County. Through our eco-friendly development, TerraSol, we want to promote the value of our environment through education just as Gwin Oaks Elementary’s outdoor classroom will do.”

Gwin Oaks Elementary is one of the schools in the Brookwood Cluster that was approached by Vesmont as a voluntary effort to help enrich the schools in the local area. The scope of this project is to clear away debris from the existing nature trail and then to expand the trail to begin at the new outdoor play area and make it handicap accessible. In addition, the plan calls for a 100 seat outdoor classroom, a 30 seat gathering area, an extension and widening of the existing trail and a picnic area. Parents that volunteer to help will contribute to this effort by planting shrubs and ground cover, building the benches in the outdoor auditorium, clearing away debris such as leaves and sticks, marking the trail by laying down gravel and installing posts connected by ropes, and adding signs to denote the various points of interest along the trail.

“With Vesmont’s and Highlight Homes’ help, we will add a new 100 student outdoor auditorium for outdoor presentations. We look forward to sharing the new and improved Nature Trail with the community,” said parent and volunteer Anna Fallen. “This project will expand the outdoor learning space for our students. We also hope that it will encourage parent and student involvement.”

Vesmont, LC regularly visits the local schools in areas in which they are constructing new subdivisions to see what they can do to improve the learning environment at the schools. The focus of the new Terra Sol subdivision is on sustainable construction and preserving the natural environment so it is fitting that they will be renovating the Gwin Oaks Nature Preserve, which has fallen into disrepair, so that the students can enjoy an enriched outdoor education next to the Yellow River.

TerraSol, a distinctive eco-friendly community developed by Vesmont, LC, is located in Gwinnett County along the scenic Yellow River. The name TerraSol, derived from the Latin terms for “earth” and "sun,” suits this pristine community perfectly as more than 40 percent of the land at TerraSol remains in an untouched, natural state. Residents are given the opportunity to discover natural wonders on a nearly two mile long, all-natural mulch walking trail winding throughout the property and to explore history in a three acre archaeological site, also located within the community. TerraSol will offer 128 single-family homes on generously sized lots priced from the $500,000s.

Consistent with its mission to be an environmentally friendly development company, Vesmont will incorporate sustainable design principles, recycled materials and EarthCraft building methods into the construction of the amenity area and community activity center. Children attend Gwin Oaks Elementary, Five Forks Middle and the highly acclaimed Brookwood High School.

To visit TerraSol, take I-85 North to Indian Trail/Lilburn Exit 101. Turn right onto Indian Trail/Lilburn Road (which becomes Killian Hill Road) and travel approximately 6.6 miles. Turn left onto Five Forks Trickum Road. The entrance to the community will be one mile ahead on the right. For more information on TerraSol, call 678 344-4878 or log on to the Web site at

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