Elementary School New Classroom Building|
Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc.
4525 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
July 2008 to Sep 2009
Total Square Feet:
Number of Buildings:
One. 14 classrooms with seating for 300.
First floor, 11,217; second floor, 11,217; total, 22,434 square feet.
First floor, 13’4”; second floor, 12’; total, 25’4”.
Basic Construction Type:
Projected and/or modeled energy use:
HVAC=90.390; Non-HVAC=64.150; Cumulative=154.539.
Structural/Electrical/Mechanical Engineer: Long & Associates
Architects/Engineers, Inc. - 4525 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL
General Contractor: Peter R. Brown Construction, Inc. - 13830
58th Street North, #401, Clearwater, FL 33760
This project master planned the addition of a new 2-story, 14-classroom
building on the existing campus of Mildred Helms Elementary School in
Largo, Florida. The building is designed for flexible use by a range of
grade levels, with classrooms organized around shared teacher planning
and student toilet facilities. This flexible and environmentally
responsive design is a prototype for future Pinellas County classroom
additions. The project scope included construction of a 90-space parking
lot, aluminum covered walkways, a bus loop and related storm water
retention, additional heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC)
design for a new chiller plant to support future renovations to existing
buildings, and additional electrical infrastructure to provide a single
service for the new classroom building, chiller building, and permanent
The classrooms provide a healthy, state-of-the-art teaching and learning
environment. Extensive glazing provides ample natural light and views of
the surrounding campus while external sunscreen elements mitigate glare
and heat gain. This, in conjunction with a neutral-based color scheme,
creates an airy atmosphere. Low VOC materials, individual classroom
climate control, increased fresh air, and filtration ensure a clean
working space. Ceiling mounted video projection systems, smart boards,
sound reinforcement, and cutting edge data wiring systems provide the
faculty with the necessary tools to enrich the learning experiences of
their students. The classrooms are designed with space and simplicity in
mind to accommodate future flexibility.
The exterior building design scheme blends with the newer Administration
Building and Media Center in material use, color, and texture. The
building mass is modulated by additive forms and bold elements to create
interest and mark entrances. Playful use of contrasting colors and
complimentary shades adds a whimsical feel for the younger students.
This project was designed and documented through all phases of the work
with the aid of the latest REVIT Building Information Modeling (BIM)
technology. The modeling process helped the Architect, Engineer, and
Construction Management Team control costs and provide the highest
possible quality for the project. Exterior and interior renderings from
the model helped the Owner visualize and understand the design. This
enabled the New Classroom Building at Mildred Helms Elementary School to
open in August 2009, on time and under budget.
Interior: Metal Studs: Clark Western;
Georgia Pacific DensGlass® Gold
Insulation: CertainTeed Stucco: LaFarge Diamond Mesh,
Interior Contractor: Superior Structures, Inc.
Accessories: Amico. Flooring: Armstrong.
Entrances & Storefronts: Republic Hollow Metal
Windows: Winco Roof: Johns Manville Elevator: Otis