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  Stowers Elementary & Barrington Middle Combination School

Stowers Elementary & Barrington Middle Combination SchoolArchitect

Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc.
1715 North Westshore Boulevard, #500, Tampa, FL 33607
www.rsandh.com

General Description

Stowers Elementary School
Location:
Lithia, Florida
Date Bid: Nov 2007 Construction Period: Dec 2007 to July 2009
Total Square Feet: 102,653 Site: 32.75 acres. Number of Buildings: Five. Building Size: Total, 102,653 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’7”; second floor, 14’1”; total, 27’8”.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIB. Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Tilt-up concrete, CMU. Roof: Metal, modified bitumen.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.
Barrington Middle School
Location:
Lithia, Florida
Date Bid: Nov 2007 Construction Period: Dec 2007 to July 2009
Total Square Feet: 150,607 Site: 32.75 acres. Number of Buildings: Six.
Building Size: Total, 150,607 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 13’7”; second floor, 14’1”; total, 27’8”. Basic Construction Type: New/IIB.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Tilt-up concrete, CMU. Roof: Metal, modified bitumen. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Master Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 5523 West Cypress Street, #200, Tampa, FL 33607
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Batson-Cook Company - 101 East Kennedy Boulevard, #1750, Tampa, FL 33602
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Anston-Greenlees, Inc. - 1315 West Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612
Landscape Architect: Anderson Lesniak Limited, Inc. - 4921 South Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33611


Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc., a full service Architectural/Engineering firm provided full design services for a combined elementary and middle school campus for the School District of Hillsborough County. Situated at a prominent location within the new master planned community near the multifamily, commercial and single family residential components in Lithia, Florida, the new Stowers/Barrington school/park complex provides facilities to meet the needs of a growing community. In order to achieve the strict criteria of the client’s needs, the design team was tasked with creating a compact highly efficient design.

The design process was informed by function and form starting with building orientation, massing and, finally, the building form and structure. Sited to present a positive face to the public the parking is provided at the rear of the project and the shared school/park athletic fields are located at the outside edges of the site to allow public access. Links to the surrounding neighborhood and the regional trail system are provided by a network of pedestrian pathways.

Meeting the new Florida classroom amendment criteria for small size classrooms, Stowers Elementary School and Barrington Middle School are two separate schools on the same site sharing common functions. A 1,538-student station middle school and a 940-student station elementary school with associated parking, separate parent drop-offs, bus loading and playfields for each school. Administration, guidance, student services, media and dining are core functions. The chiller plants, kitchen, service functions and staff parking are shared. Efficiencies are gained by the sharing of chiller plants, kitchen, service functions and shared staff parking. In addition, all classrooms and offices are fitted with motion sensors, which control the lighting in the rooms. This valuable energy management tool offers cost savings, which will be experienced over the life of the schools. An open courtyard was designed between the buildings creating an atmosphere conducive to group discussions and gatherings. This courtyard provides a unique circulation path between the schools.

The overall structure of the project was tilt-wall concrete, which provided the most cost effective way to provide the overall 230,000 square feet of conditioned floor space the School District required. The innovative use of form liners to create various reveals and textures, as well as multiple banded exterior colors, created a look that is unique and adds character to this type of construction. With the use of three exterior wall colors – one field and two accent colors – the middle and elementary schools can be easily distinguished from each other. Special attention to the color choices of the buildings complements the forest green entry canopies. The canopies vary in shape to provide the desired architectural distinction in appearance.

As part of the holistic design process the school athletic facilities were designed in conjunction with the needs of the Parks Department’s after school recreation program and neighborhood recreation use. These facilities are accessible for use by the local community after school hours and tied to the community pedestrian and bicycle circulation network and regional trail system.

Product Information
Roof: Soprema
Metal Roofing: Englert
VCT: Tarkett
Lighting: Icon, Metalux, Portfolio, Failsafe & McGraw
Glass: Viracon
Entrances & Storefronts: Architectural Metals, Inc.
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp
 

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