Classroom & Multipurpose Building, Loften High School
Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc.
4525 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Date Bid: Feb 2007
Construction Period: Mar 2007 to Apr 2008
Total Square Feet: 25,876 Site: 36 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 16,412; second floor, 9,464,
total, 25,876 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’4”; second, 21’; total, 34’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU,
curtainwall. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural, Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Long & Associates
Architects/Engineers, Inc. - 4525 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL
General Contractor: PPI - 8200 N.W. 15th Place, #B, Gainesville,
Civil Engineer: Dyer, Riddle, Mills & Precourt, Inc. - 4110 S.W.
34th Street, #8, Gainesville, FL 32608
The Loften High School Classroom and Multipurpose Building was designed
and constructed to help facilitate a transformation from an unorganized
campus populated by portable classrooms into a comprehensive career
center and professional academy. Through the efforts of Tom Cowart of
Alachua County Public Schools, Chris Crehore and Ralph Crites of PPI
Construction, the school administrator, Dr. Chet Sanders, and the
project architect, Gregg Schwieterman of Long & Associates
Architects/Engineers Inc., an energy efficient building was realized
where every student, every day, can experience success.
Following a campus master plan study involving administrators, faculty,
staff and facilities personnel, Long & Associates provided a master plan
report outlining strategies for infrastructure, space allocation,
building systems and multi site design schemes.
The first three phases of the master plan included a multipurpose
kitchen facility and two single-story classroom buildings. To take
advantage of economy of scale and minimize the building foot print on
the site, the phases were combined in one two-story, 16 classroom and
kitchen/dining facility that share a common group bathroom space. The
multipurpose area provides a gathering place for the entire student
body. This space was not available on campus previous to the project's
completion, reinforcing the school's vision for "a vital community
united as the premier provider of career and technical education."
The Loften High School Classroom and Multipurpose Building project was
granted a LEED®
Silver Certification with the U.S. Green Building Council and is the
rated high school in Florida and the first LEED®
rated school for the school district of Alachua County. The building not
only minimizes its impact on the environment, it provides a better
learning environment for the students. Care was taken in the selection
of systems and materials to insure superior air quality. Access to
natural light, fresh air, and the ability to control the occupants'
comfort were all taken into account. In short, this building is designed
to provide the resources to prepare its students for the future and has
been constructed being mindful of the natural resources they will need
when that future arrives.
DIV. 7: Shingles: GAF.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows, Curtainwall: Kawneer.
DIV. 9: VCT: Armstrong.
DIV. 14: Elevators: ThyssenKrupp.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Sesco.