Palm Beach Central High School

Wellington, Florida

  • FIRM

    SchenkelShultz Architecture


    The School District of Palm Beach County

  • AREA

    356,751 sq.ft.





The design of the school incorporates the architect’s prototypical design, which has the public spaces flanking the administration building with a secure courtyard between the academic buildings that house the classrooms/labs and core facilities. This allows for direct access to the core facilities for the community from the parking areas without accessing the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,500COST PER SQ FT$119.15FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio school.

The four, two-story academic houses situated in the quieter rear of the school are designed to allow for flexibility in the academic program delivery to provide either a departmental, grade-level (9 to 12) or academy approach. The mechanical cores are at the center of the buildings to minimize the duct and piping runs, and also to maximize the exterior for access to natural light, providing economy and efficiency.

The challenge was to adapt the prototypical plan within the school district’s tight timeframe. The district needed to meet the new county school concurrency ordinance, academic-delivery requirements, community desires, and site acquisition design and permit requirements of 24 months. The project was accomplished on time and within budget.