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Award of Merit from Florida Educational Facilities Planners Association

Educational Design Showcase

MCHarry Associates has 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 systemis 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 architect has responded with 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.

Sustainable design strategies were derived from the California High Performance Schools initiative and the national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

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