Construction has begun on a new state-of-the-art campus for Edgewater High School, replacing the aging facility that has served the College Park neighborhood since 1952. The firm’s new urban school design adopts a courtyard style that collapses the open space and turns it vertically to form an internalized academic spine. At the center is a three-story daylit atrium with three-story classroom wings organized along the axis and anchored by a gymnasium at one end and an administrative suite at the other. In addition, the school will front Edgewater Drive with a new performing arts center and landscaped entry plaza. The new campus is scheduled for completion in August 2011.
CTH+A also is providing architectural services for the $45 million comprehensive construction project at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Fla. The phased renovation and construction project includes all new core spaces with a 2,000-seat gymnasium, a 750-seat performing arts center, and a cafeteria that opens onto the gym to accommodate special events. The master plan opens the old cramped campus with a new academic courtyard bound by new two- and three-story classroom, lab, and vocational buildings. Completion is planned for 2011.
In Lake County, CTH+A is providing architectural services for the new 5,000-square-foot Yalaha Community Center located between Howey-in-the-Hills and Leesburg. The construction project is using the master plan and preliminary program prepared by the firm and following the USGBC LEED principles for sustainable design. The new facility is being built on the site of Yalaha’s historic one-room school house.
The firm recently completed fire station projects for two Central Florida cities. In Port Orange, Spruce Creek Fire Station 72 and Town West Fire Station 75 are 6,948 GSF each and designed to accommodate up to four fire apparatuses and six personnel. Other features include the latest “green” technology, including solar water heating features, thermal performance/impact resistant windows, motion-sensor lighting, water-saving faucets and a roof that is insulated beyond code requirements. In Winter Garden, Fire Station 22 south of Colonial Drive encompasses 9,722 GSF and was delivered within a $1.875 million budget paid for with impact fees. It is one of several projects generated under the firm’s continuing service contract with the City. In addition, the firm has been selected for a three-year continuing contract to provide design services and construction administration for a series of fire stations in Seminole County.
Earlier this year, Lakemont Elementary School dedicated its new $15.3 million replacement campus designed by CTH+A. Constructed on the school’s existing site, it is the first school in the Orange County Public School district to benefit from the firm’s new urban elementary school prototype that utilized a two-story elementary school design with a tight footprint to deliver the 89,826 GSF needed to accommodate 758 students with the 11.37-acre site.
CTH+A was instrumental in the development of a statewide conference in September that brought together the nation’s Chinese-Americans working in academic and professional environments to create global partnerships for future research and economic development. The Chinese American Technology and Culture Conference was preceded by a high-level one-day conference co-hosted by the University of Central Florida and Florida Institute of Technology, and attended by representatives from Florida’s colleges and universities, the Taiwan Ministry of Education and eight major Taiwan universities. The outcome was a landmark Agreement of Academic Cooperation to strengthen bilateral educational and learning opportunities between Florida and Taiwan.