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  Seminole Community College Oviedo Center, Page 44Seminole Community College Oviedo Center
Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock Architects, Inc.
222 West Maitland Boulevard, Maitland, FL 32751

Oviedo, Florida
Total Square Feet: 117,000
Construction Period: Apr 1999 to Jan 2001

Construction Team
Construction Manager: Centex Rooney Construction Company - 8529 South Park Circle, #200, Orlando, FL 32819
Structural Engineer: Allan and Conrad, Inc. - 1280 Palmetto Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: GRGV Consulting Engineers - 1055 Maitland Center Commons Blvd., Maitland, FL 32751
Landscape Architect: Glatting Jackson - 33 East Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801
Cost Estimator: Associate Cost Engineers - 427 North Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

The Seminole Community College Oviedo Center design has achieved what others have often aspired to, but seldom accomplish. The design is a beautiful blend of a wonderfully natural, almost primitive site and state-of-the-art buildings. The Phase I buildings and the entire master plan are bound to the environment with great sensitivity. This sensitivity allows the buildings not only to coexist with nature, but nature actually flows through the buildings and the occupants experience nature at every turn.

The program for this project required two buildings to be constructed for a new community college campus. Contained in these buildings are a Student Services area and a Learning Resource Center, including 29 classrooms, 3 science labs, 31 faculty offices, a clock tower, and an auditorium. These buildings are built on a site that consists of approximately 40% protected wetland areas including two large marshes at the center of the site giving the site an "Old-Florida" ambiance with palmetto tree underbrush and a sandhill pine canopy.

As part of the design the consultants have included guidelines for future maintenance to preserve as much of the natural ecosystem as possible. For example, in order to maintain the important views and to maintain high quality wildlife habitat, the designer has recommended that the area be mechanically trimmed on a three-to-five year basis to minimize the effects of fires that would naturally occur.

In keeping with the surrounding environment and the client's desire for a "hi-tech, high touch" educational environment, the design focused on creating a "Florida Vernacular" architectural image while housing a state-of-the-art educational facility. To capture the views across the central marshes, the two major buildings were organized to allow student-oriented spaces including the Student Services Building's food service area and the Learning Resource Center's reading room to reside on the water. In addition, the stairways were removed to the exterior of the buildings so that movement between floors would become an experience of the natural environment as well.

The architectural language of the building draws from images of "Old-Florida" architecture, which promoted not only beauty, but also function and environmental awareness. The wide roof overhangs, verandas along the building's perimeter, and covered student gathering spaces complete with rocking chairs takes advantage of shade and breezes encouraging students to congregate and interact while also enhancing the energy efficiency of the buildings in Florida's warm and humid climate.

Materials were selected to provide durability, energy efficiency and to provide virtually maintenance-free service for many years to come. At the same time the materials and their textures and colors are reminiscent of those of the buildings' surroundings. Terra cotta and cream-colored brick and unfinished concrete allude to the site's sandy soils. Green glazing brings the site's lush vegetation into the building with refreshing transparency. The galvanized metal roofing and the clear anodized aluminum window framing softly reflect the blue sky and its puffy white clouds. The roof appears to float above the continuous glazing and gives panoramic views of the wetlands and woods.

The design solution also provides for expansion capability. The veranda is planned to be a continuous covered walkway system so that a student can walk from one end of the campus to the other protected from rain or sun. The building orientation and exterior circulation systems have been designed so that future buildings can wrap around the marshes thus keeping the built and natural environments both in close proximity to and in harmony with one another.

DIV 07: EIFS: TEC an H.B. Fuller company; Stucco Plaster: Southdown. 
DIV 09: Drywall: United States Gypsum; Spray On Fireproofing: Blaze-Shield® by Isolatek.
DIV 10: Postal Specialties: Auth Florence; Toilet & Bath Accessories: A & J; Toilet Partitions: Santana Products.
DIV 14: Elevators: Schindler.

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