Mater Academy East Charter High School

Miami, Florida

The Mater Academy East Charter High School is a 34,000-square-foot facility in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. The school was completed in February 2008, and houses 500 middle and high school students. The school is situated in a mixed-use neighborhood a few miles west of downtown Miami and anchors a corner of one of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY550COST PER SQ FT$120.58FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio city’s east-west arteries.

The existing three-story office building, built in the mid-1950s, was renovated to include 19 classrooms, a media lab, administrative offices, food-prep area, cafeteria and a covered outdoor multi-use courtyard. In addition to the renovation of the existing building, a three-story, eight-classroom addition was added that includes a prominent and iconic stair tower.

The architectural solution to the building’s north facade preserves and enhances the existing pattern of horizontal windows. The classroom addition on the south side of the building is clad in metal siding as a contrast to the otherwise conventional block and stucco exterior. The corner stair tower acts as the transition between the metal-clad addition and the masonry building.