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  Strawberry Crest High SchoolStrawberry Crest High School

Architect

Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc.
4525 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
www.longandassociates.com

General Description

Location: Dover, Florida
Date Bid: Mar 2007
Construction Period:
Mar 2007 to Aug 2009
Total Square Feet: 271,605 Site: 58 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; High School 105 classrooms, seating capacities: 2,500 student stations, auditorium: 650 seats; gymnasium: 1,824 seats.
Building Size: First floor, 134,495; second floor, 81,137; 215,632 net square feet; 271,605 gross square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14'; second floor, 16 to 18'; floor to floor, 14'; total, 30 to 50'.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type II-B (Masonry & Steel).
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, metal wall panel, curtainwall.
Roof: Built up, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall. Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 172.101 (Projected).

Strawberry Crest High School Physical Plant
Total Square Feet: 5,146 Site: 58 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 5,146; total, 5,146 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 11’; total, 11'.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type II-B (Masonry & Steel).
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, metal wall panel. Roof: Built up, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural/Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc. - 4525 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: The Beck Group - 1902 N. Highland Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602
Civil Engineer: Hamilton Engineering & Survey, Inc. - 311 N. Newport Avenue, #100, Tampa, FL 33606


The design of Strawberry Crest High School is a culmination of the history and context of the rural community it supports. Recognized as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, Plant City, Florida is known for the famous crop it produces and the annual Strawberry Festival it hosts. Situated amidst 105 acres, the Strawberry Crest site was to incorporate three harmonious yet distinct campuses comprised of an Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. The Master Plan was realized by Long & Associates through establishing a controlled entry, separating vehicular access, and utilizing shared facilities and amenities such as an on-site potable water plant, retention, and athletic & agricultural fields.

The high school site concept is derived from the agricultural fields upon which it inhabits and the human cultivation of the formerly farmed land. A "market street" campus design pays tribute to the hard-working, local farmers and the ultimate end product they produced. Building forms are skewed and layered like striations in the earth and are reflected in plan, section, material selection and architectural layering. These "earth" patterns are interrupted by building connections and walkways reminiscent of "steel plows" expressing the human transformation of the land. Construction materials include smooth face cmu, split face cmu, steel framing, stucco, an aluminum storefront system, and a corrugated metal panel skin creating the "plows."

Originally designed to achieve LEED
® Gold certification, the project incorporates many "green" design principals. The campus is oriented on the site to take advantage of the East/West solar axis while the classroom buildings face north in order to maximize natural daylight and views to the retention pond. This pond also acts as a natural, spatial buffer between the campus and the nearby interstate. The southernmost buildings are reserved for public functions including administration, performing arts (auditorium), agriculture, business, and the media center. Together, these two juxtaposed "rows" of buildings form an internal, open-air "market street" for students to congregate and exchange ideas. This school also benefits from lower energy use, recycled and regional materials, reduced potable water use, and low maintenance finishes. In addition, portions of this campus have been designated as Enhanced Hurricane Protection Areas (EHPA) for use as a public emergency shelter.

Intended as a prototype for the Hillsborough County School Board, this 250,000 gross square foot high school situated on 58 acres is capable of a 2,500 student enrollment. This project was designed and documented through all phases of work with the aid of REVIT Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. This process assisted the Architecture/Engineering/Construction Management team manage costs, increased quality control, and visualize the design instantly. Exterior and interior renderings derived from the BIM model allowed the design team to analyze previously unforeseen circumstances and gave the owner the ability to visualize and interpret the project concurrently with the design.

Strawberry Crest High School provides the public with a visible landmark, a meeting spot for the community, and fosters the collaborative nature of a learning environment. These ideologies combined with green principles and advanced modeling methods honor the customs and rich traditions of the region from which the design was conceived.

 

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