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Sunday, June 22, 2008

SchenkelShultz Architecture designs Duval County Public Schools' new $73.5 million, 263,937-square-foot High School "AAA" in Jacksonville, FL

JACKSONVILLE, FL – SchenkelShultz Architecture, located in World Golf Village and one of Florida’s leading green designers, designed Duval County Public Schools’ new $73.5 million, 263,937-square-foot High School “AAA” in Jacksonville, FL. The 2,117-student facility is the first new high school in Duval County in 20 years. Designed in a “low country” architectural style to blend with the surrounding North Florida communities, the school includes 12 “small scale learning communities” and incorporates high performance design elements such as clerestory lighting and automatic light-level sensitive classroom lamp controls. Other design elements include a secured central courtyard that can be used for outdoor dining, a decentralized media center and administration, high-tech academies with college-level science labs and secure after-hours public access to the auditorium and gymnasium. W.G. Mills, Inc., Jacksonville, FL, serves as the Design/Build lead for the school which is slated for occupancy in August 2010. The Northeast Florida office of SchenkelShultz is located at 101 E. Town Place, Suite 800, St. Augustine, FL, phone 904-940-7272.

 

SchenkelShultz has designed more than 28 million-square-feet of K-12 and higher education projects in 28 Florida school districts including the award-winning six-story Stetson University Lynn Business Center, the first LEED®-certified building in the state of Florida, and the LEED®-Gold certified Christine E. Lynn college of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University.

 

Celebrating 50 years of design excellence and consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top design firms, SchenkelShultz is a full-service architectural firm specializing in education, justice, aviation and commercial facilities design. With nine offices nationally (six in Florida) and over 50 LEED® Accredited Professionals, SchenkelShultz is a recognized leader in green design which has long been committed to designing sustainable concepts into every project. Further evidencing its leadership, the firm designs all K-12 schools in accordance with green design principles at no additional cost to school boards. As a result, schools designed by SchenkelShultz are achieving the benefits of sustainable design including reduced operating costs and improved environmental quality.

 

Also commemorating 25 years in Florida under the leadership of J. Thomas Chandler, AIA, President and COO, the firm established its Orlando office in 1983 and subsequently expanded with five additional offices in Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Naples, Tampa and West Palm Beach. “At SchenkelShultz,” said Chandler, “our focus is on architecture but our passion transcends excellent design. Our firm,” he added, “is continuously evolving to anticipate and adapt to ever-changing market trends, and is dedicated to building positive, successful relationships with our valued clients, employees and communities.”

For more information, visit www.schenkelshultz.com.