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  Davis Building, Manatee High SchoolDavis Building, Manatee High School


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

General Description

Location: Bradenton, Florida
Date Bid: Dec 2009 Construction Period: Dec 2009 to May 2011
Total Square Feet: 71,176 Site: 3 acres
Number of Buildings: One; 30 classrooms, auditorium seating 800.
Building Size: First floor, 52,365; second floor, 18,811; total, 71,176 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 17’4”; second floor, 17’4”; each additional floor, 9’4” (auditorium); penthouse (stage), 8’8”; total, 52’8”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Concrete masonry with hollow core plank.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.
Projected and/or Modeled Energy Usage KBTU/SF/yr: 32.8.

Construction Team

Structural & MEP Engineer: Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc. - 4525 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Creative Contractors, Inc. - 620 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33755
Civil Engineer: Hamilton Engineering & Survey, Inc. - 311 N. Newport Avenue, #100, Tampa, FL 33606

This project involved a building systems and envelope study to determine the feasibility of restoration versus replacement of the 1926 Paul F. Davis Building on the Manatee High School campus.

Long & Associates provided multiple design options for Owner review, keeping in mind the historical nature of the facility. Based on their findings, on October 27, 2008, the School Board voted to replace the existing building with a new facility.

The project was designed using the latest REVIT(R) Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. The modeling process was used to fine-tune the project program in coordination with the Owner and project stakeholders to reduce required GSF while responding appropriately to existing campus aesthetics.

The 71,176 square foot, two-story facility includes an 800-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art audio-visual system for the District's Academy for the Performing Arts. The building also includes dressing rooms, 25 classrooms, 2 music labs, multiple practice areas, band room, chorus room, orchestra room, a two-story interior atrium, and an outdoor amphitheater.

The Davis Building's sound and performing arts spaces feature the latest technology with an advanced lighting control package for scene creation and animation along with multiple Audio/Visual displays and screens for high definition projection. With a full working stage and a 48-foot fly loft, the theater is capable of supporting a variety of performing arts and plays ranging from vocal performance to full cast productions.

The entry features a pre-function lobby and atrium space as a central gathering focal point for after-hours functions and theater use. A stepped platform in the atrium allows for pre-function performances by a jazz quartet or other such performers entertaining prior to events. At night the atrium is specially lit for a dramatic ambience, and during the day the atrium skylight permits excellent tempered daylight into the heart of the facility and gathering space for future artists.

The exterior design uses classical elements to resemble the original design while improving the aesthetics, proportions and details. The original Corinthian columns were cast and recreated for the front entry and stepped plinth.

The symbolism of "strength", "integrity" and "tradition" were incorporated in the stone detailing throughout the building design with cast medallions and cornices. White precast concrete details provide a base around the building as well as classical elements at entries and parapets.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Cemex
Membrane Roofing: Fibertite Roof System by Seaman Corp.
Windows: Graham Architectural Products
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Skylight: Gammans Soft Walls: Armstrong
Resilient Flooring: Armstrong
Elevator: Schindler Lighting: Peerless

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