Arquitectonica completes revamp of Florida school
The Ransom Everglades School is one South Florida’s oldest and most prestigious private schools. So when the School needed to revamp its physical plant, it called on alumnus, Laurinda Spear, founding principal of Arquitectonica, to develop a multi-phased master plan that would provide the progressive school with a forward thinking design. The final phase of the project, an $8 million, 34,000 sq ft multipurpose complex called the community Center which features classrooms, administrative offices and the school’s first gymnasium, is now complete.
The design represents advanced thinking about education and sustainability says Spear. “For example, the interior can be completely illuminated with sunlight so you don’t have to turn on the lights during the day”, said Spear. The new building is the center of administration leadership for grades 6-8 housing all offices and a student activity center. It’s a central meeting place for the school. The gymnasium is ample enough to accommodate the entire school. The facility’s design reflects the schools innovative curriculum and emphasis on “discussion-based learning.” For example, all classrooms have smart boards in addition to the classic Harkness tables, where students learn around rectangular or square tables.
The completion of the new campus center and athletic facility, which includes regulation-sized playing fields, comes on the heels of the opening of the School’s $3 million Braman Family Media Center, also by Arquitectonica, which houses a 4,000 sq ft library and computer research center.