SARASOTA & TAMPA, FLA. (January 31, 2013) – SchenkelShultz Architecture took top honors with three 1st Place Awards in the Architectural Showcase presented by the Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association (FEFPA) at its Winter 2013 Conference held January 21-23 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. SchenkelShultz received 1st Place awards for its outstanding design of: The School Board of Sarasota County’s Sarasota County Technical Institute, in Sarasota; Valencia College’s Lake Nona Academic Building, in Orlando; and Orange County Public Schools’ SunRidge Elementary & Middle School in Winter Garden. The Sarasota office of SchenkelShultz Architecture is located at 677 N. Washington Boulevard, phone 941-952-5875. The firm’s Tampa office is located at 5405 Cypress Center Drive, Suite 310, phone 813-383-5500.
The Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI) is a multi-phased project on a 75-acre campus and is the largest new facility of its kind in the Southeast. The complete project includes six new buildings, a central energy plant and student, visitor and staff parking areas. The first phase included the 73,370-square-foot Suncoast Polytechnical High School where 11th and 12th grade students are given the opportunity to go across campus and receive hands-on training at the main 198,454-square-foot career education building which was completed in Phase II. The third and final phase will be home to the adult education classroom building that will have site-based business to provide workforce opportunities for the students and will complete in August 2013. SCTI’s innovative educational program brings together career and technical education with the principles of a 21st century learning environment.
Valencia College’s Lake Nona Academic Building achieved the prestigious 3 Green Globes® certification presented by The Green Building Initiative. Opened in August 2012 as the satellite campus’s first building, the 88,821-square-foot project includes a state-of-the-art academic building and central energy plant that incorporated sustainable design standards. Featuring the latest technologies, the three-story academic facility includes academic spaces and teaching laboratories, student services, a book store, library, café, a Dean’s suite and administrative offices.
Orange County Public Schools’ new SunRidge Elementary & Middle School is an innovative design that allowed for the schools to operate independently on the same site, while sharing components that create a cost effective and cohesive campus. Educationally, the campus was designed to create a state-of-the-art student centered learning environment.
Ranked as the Southeast’s sixth largest Architecture Firm in ENR Southeast‘s 2012 Top Design Firms, SchenkelShultz is celebrating 55 years of design excellence specializing in education, justice, aviation and commercial facilities design. With nine offices nationally and 16 LEED® Accredited Professionals, the firm is a recognized leader in sustainable design and committed to incorporating sustainable concepts into every project. The firm’s portfolio includes 19 LEED® Certified projects, as well as four projects that have achieved a Certified Green Globes Rating.