An e-Newsletter for the Clients and Friends of C.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A.

April 2005
Perhaps more than any other industry sector, the challenges facing the planning and design of today’s public schools are enormous. They range broadly from security and technology issues to legislative mandates such as the federal No Child Left Behind Act and Florida’s 2002 class size amendment.

This issue of Full Circle is dedicated to education. We’ll explore the challenges and trends in school design and highlight how C.T. Hsu + Associates overcame these obstacles for one Orlando area high school.

The ABCs of Designing Quality School Facilities in Challenging Times

According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, an estimated 6,000 new schools will be built nationwide by the year 2007. The planning and design of these educational facilities will have a profound affect on how students learn. Yet, the obstacles to building and maintaining quality public school facilities are overwhelming.
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Valencia Building 8 Classroom
Tim McNicholas, AIA
, Design Principal
Tim McNicholas has more than 20 years' experience in the planning and design of award-winning institutional buildings and mid- to large-scale infrastructure projects for both public and private clients. He was CTH+A's first employee, hired as intern architect in 1984. Today, he serves as design principal on all CTH+A projects.
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Fire Station 85 PROJECT NEWS
CTH+A has completed the comprehensive master plan update for Seminole Community College's main campus. The year-long project called for master planning of the entire 270 acre campus including an analysis of existing facilities and infrastructure, location of future facilities and the development of campus guidelines.

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Orlando, Florida

Neighboring Boone High and Blanker Elementary schools south of downtown Orlando were landlocked and in dire need of expanded and updated facilities. The Orange County School Board hired C.T. Hsu + Associates to develop a master plan to revitalize and re-energize the historic Orlando high school originally built in 1952. Despite the firm's vast experience in the architectural design of both new school construction and the modernization of
pre-existing education facilities, the Boone renovation project was among the firm's most challenging - and ultimately, most rewarding. More Information ...

Boone High School
April 18-22, 2005 is School Building Week, designated by the Council of Educational Facility Planners to draw national attention to the importance of well planned, high performing, healthy schools that foster student achievement and well-being and provide centers of community. For more information about School Building Week events and activities, visit the Council's web site at
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C.T. Hsu is the 2005 recipient of the Nils M. Schweizer Community Service Award from the American Institute of Architects, Orlando Chapter. Additionally, Nathan Butler, a senior associate and project manager with the firm, received the chapter's Young Architects Forum award. Both awards were presented at the AIA Orlando Chapter's Awards for Design Excellence gala on March 3.
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In the next issue of Full Circle, we’ll explore new trends in the design of public safety facilities, including meeting the challenges of facility design in today’s post 9-11 focus of homeland security.

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