Mater Academy Lakes Middle School

Hialeah Gardens, Florida

The Mater Academy Lakes Middle School is a 70,000-square-foot, two-story middle/high school facility on a 10-acre site in Northwest Miami-Dade County, Fla.

The Mater Lakes campus is situated amidst residential and civic uses and is served by two flanking roads that help facilitate the school’s link to the adjacent ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$106.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio neighborhood, as well as the more remote communities it serves. The L-shaped building is built around a 1-acre lake situated in the center of the campus, and its program includes typical classrooms, science and art labs, library, cafeteria and administrative areas.

The classroom wing has two lengthwise loggias that offer covered access and filtered natural light to all educational rooms. The building’s east wing includes the cafeteria/multipurpose room, library, science and art labs, and a covered loggia that doubles as a spillout area for lunches.

The building’s architectural character and massing strategy are both formal and picturesque, enabling the school to remain consistent with its residential surroundings, as well as to project the civic scale necessary for educational buildings.