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Urban Elementary Prototype
Firm Receives Top Ranking to Design A New Urban Elementary School Prototype for Orange County Public Schools
CTH+A’s design for the new prototype includes functional elements that can stand alone or be combined in a variety of configurations to adapt to differing functional adjacencies, site topography, solar orientations and vehicular access conditions. In addition, the prototype buildings meet all district program standards and design guidelines, is architecturally adaptable to surrounding neighborhoods and incorporates required levels of school safety and security. All too often, school prototypes are driven by cost constraints and site adaptability issues only, and therefore justify predictable, drab, windowless and otherwise unexciting spaces. The CTH+A prototype not only accommodates the school district’s elementary school program in a budget and site sensitive manner, it applies innovation throughout the design to enhance the learning environment for students and teachers. The features include: a compact 1 story/2 story floor plate, short supervision friendly hallways, day lighting in all classrooms, team activity areas near resource rooms for informal instruction, gathering, and team identity building. There is direct access from the classrooms to playgrounds for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, and independent off-hour exterior entrances to community use spaces like the “cafetorium” and the media center. The school also features a 2-story lobby that is designed as an academic “street” and gallery.
CTH+A was ranked first among three firms selected by the Orange County School Board to design a new urban elementary school prototype for the district. According to the project’s scope of services description, “As educational program requirements and building design and technology have changed over time and the availability of urban land in populated areas of the County has decreased, OCPS has determined that there is a need to plan and design a more compact, multi-story New Urban Elementary School Prototype.”
College Park Community Center
New College Park Community Center Opens
CTH+A has completed work on the new College Park Community Center, a collaborative effort by the City of Orlando and Orange County Public Schools for which the firm provided project master planning, design and construction administration services.
Constructed by McCree, Inc., CTH+A designed the community center to emulate the look of adjacent Princeton Elementary School. At the November 2 dedication ceremony, Orlando City Commissioner Vicki Vargo called the facility, “the most beautiful community center in all of Orlando.” The center boasts the City’s newest gymnasium, equipped with state-of-the-art workout and cardio equipment. It also includes a computer lab, men and women's locker rooms, a teen room, multipurpose room and food prep area close to the multipurpose room. Outdoor amenities include a baseball field, swimming pool, open green space, a playground with large shade trees, a wood deck and benches nearby. Restored historic frescoes that once graced the walls of Dubsdread Country Club and later remained stored in City Hall’s basement for many years, now adorn the community center’s entryway.
CTH+A Provides Pro Bono Services to Orlando Union Rescue Mission
The firm is working pro bono with the Orlando Union Rescue Mission on the master planning and programming phases of its headquarter site at 1521 West Washington Street in Orlando. CTH+A is studying options to incorporate senior housing, rental apartments, a chapel, a new administration building and a two-story warehouse into the existing site which already provides shelter and services for needy women, children and families. Orlando Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit, non-denominational relief agency that furnishes food, clothing and shelter to homeless individuals and families in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
Deland City Hall / Municipal Complex
Construction of the Firm’s City of DeLand City Hall / Municipal Complex Underway
Contractor Clancy and Theys broke ground in September, 2005 on the complex being constructed downtown on the site of the existing City Hall. It is designed to accommodate all of the city's administrative functions including City Commission chambers. When completed, the project will refresh current City facilities with the following:
||a new 47,000-square-foot city hall
||a new 7,310-square-foot fire station
||a 2,500-square-foot police evidence building
||a 1,898-square-foot fire station addition
||a 20,000-square-foot civic plaza with a Veteran's Memorial