Somerset Academy is a public charter school in the southern part of Miami-Dade County, Fla. that serves 600 elementary and middle school students. The site is in a fast-growing residential area that, until recently, was predominantly agricultural.
The school was built in conjunction with an adjacent residential development. The completion of the residential project CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$95.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio contingent on the completion of the school for the 2006-07 school year.
The school is designed to retain the civic qualities and scale of an educational facility while integrating itself into its residential context. The programmatic components of the school include an administration area, cafeteria, multipurpose room, media lab/library, art rooms and classrooms.
The design is composed of a series of programmatic elements (i.e. classroom wing, service core, classroom wing) that are assembled in an L-shape, “kit-of-parts” strategy. This approach allows for maximum site planning and design flexibility and an expedited construction documents phase.
The kit-of-parts strategy was developed in conjunction with the charter school operator and has evolved into a successful and repeated model for a series of new elementary and middle schools. The construction systems employed in the project are common to the area and consistent with the residential architecture of the surrounding neighborhoods.