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Master Plan and Restoration of Boone High
Neighboring Boone High and Blanker Elementary schools south of downtown Orlando were in dire need of expanded and updated facilities. The Orange County School Board acquired 25 acres of land adjacent to the high school to renovate and enlarge the landlocked and cramped schools and 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 CTH+A'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.
"The great opportunity and vision of the project was to create a new educational district within the City that fulfilled the community's sometimes very diverse goals - recreation and educational needs. It is very rare to have a site with multiple users that can be completely reorganized into a greater overall master plan," explains Tim McNicholas, principal at CTH+A.
The project involved renovating the entire campus to address the following issues common to so many public schools today: improved learning, capacity, accessibility, security, curb appeal and school image.
The campus master plan also included the following components:
Boone High School Principal Hugh Hattabaugh described the master plan and renovation, "a blending of original buildings and new structures with outstanding creativity and functionality that resulted in an efficient and safe educational facility for our school's 3,375 students and 250 employees."
CTH+A considers the master plan and reconstruction of Boone High School its most rewarding school project to-date. The reasons are many. The project was completed under budget. The schools' neighbors are benefiting from access to a new community sports complex and enhanced property values. The American Institute of Architecture Orlando Chapter recognized the firm for its work with an Award of Honor for Design Excellence in 2004.
From a broader perspective, the project that produced what Principal Hattabaugh calls "a facility ready for the 21st century" has raised the bar for all future work in the district's multi-billion dollar school building program, according to Orange County Public Schools Chief Facilities Officer Patrick Herron. And, perhaps most importantly, it illustrates how a community can benefit when public and private sectors work together.
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