Somerset Academy Charter School at Silver Palms is a 72,000-square-foot facility in a 1,600-home residential community in Miami-Dade County, Fla. The school opened in August 2007 and is designed to accommodate up to 1,080 students. The school was built as part of the developer’s requirement to mitigate the projected student enrollment generated by CAPACITY1,080COST PER SQ FT$103.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio development.
The two-story building is on a five-acre parcel and is designed as part of a larger campus. The overall campus ultimately will accommodate two additional facilities. The architectural character of the school is intended to harmonize with the residential development while maintaining the civic scale of a neighborhood school.
The school is organized around a parking courtyard that also accommodates the site’s primary pickup and dropoff zones. Large, broad loggias define the auto court and provide protected and shaded areas for morning dropoff and afternoon dismissal. The loggia along the south side of the auto court also defines the northern edge of the recreation area. This area is accessed by students through a large archway and paved plaza.
The administrative offices are situated at one end of the linear building, and adjacent to the cafeteria and multipurpose room. The classrooms are organized back-to-back and are served by a broad circulation breezeway.