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CTH+A Firm News
C.T. Hsu + Associates earned top honors in two categories at the statewide Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association’s 2008 Architectural Showcase earlier this year. The firm took first place in the high school category for the Boone High School Comprehensive Needs project, a $28 million master plan that used 25 acres of land acquired by the school board to expand the high school’s cramped campus and blend it with a new K-8 elementary school onto one 70 acre site. The firm also took first place in the college/university category for its design of Valencia Community College’s 77,000-square-foot state-certified Criminal Justice Institute; the first building completed for the college’s 58-acre Public Safety campus for which CTH+A also provided master planning. The FEFPA entries were judged on a wide range of criteria including innovation, aesthetics and use of materials, flexibility for community use, technology provisions, the relationship of spaces and expandability, and site development.
Construction has begun on a new 100,000 SF joint-use facility for Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida. The facility is part of an initiative by UCF and the region’s four community colleges to expand students’ access to higher education. The firm’s design provides classroom space, offices and labs used to offer bachelor and graduate degrees to an estimated 2,500 students. The facility is slated for completion in 2009 and is registered for silver LEED certification.
C.T. Hsu + Associates donated its architectural services and $25,000 in funding to create Florida’s first medical and dental primary care clinic for the developmentally disabled. The Threshold Center for Autism’s $1.2 million facility opened in July and will serve an estimated 4,000 patients annually. Located in Winter Park, Fla., the design of the new clinic addresses the considerable challenges to treating autistic patients and others with physical and behavioral disabilities. It features two wings: one with medical exam rooms particularly designed for special needs patients and the other featuring more traditional exam rooms.
The firm has designed a new store prototype for Goodwill Industries. CTH+A has designed a new freestanding store prototype for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida with the first 12,000-square-foot location now open in Winter Springs, Fla. “The architecture of the building is breathtaking,” according to Goodwill Industries. “It sports Goodwill's new designs and colors, along with extensive mission marketing.” C.T. Hsu + Associates also is working with the organization to identify strategic properties in other highly visible locations that will best serve both clients and donors.
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