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    MCHarry Associates developed a new prototype elementary school for Miami-Dade County Public Schools to house 800 to 1,300 student stations. The prototype has various reuses (adaptations) which yields a high quality design that is responsive to varying contexts.


    The goal of the prototype system is to achieve a high performance school that delivers meaningful civic presence; responds well to varying site conditions; and creates an inviting educational environment for impressionable young minds.


    The design uses a collection of proto-parts to create a village-scale campus organized around a central Mainstreet pedestrian environment.


    The architectural vocabulary for the campus is based on a tilt-wall model. This construction model organizes a system of abstract, yet coherent, visual relationships expressed through the use of asymmetric, geometric, planar wall elements.


    Techniques for achieving student-oriented scale and proportion for the school includes the use of wall plane articulation, fenestration, and the controlled use of bold color.

M C Harry Associates Inc.

2780 S.W. Douglas Road

Suite 302

Miami, Florida 33133



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