Endeavor School

Lake Mary, Florida

The Endeavor School, a special-needs school, accommodates severely emotional/behavioral disability students from middle school to age 22. The objective of the design was to provide an environment for students that reinforces positive interaction and a safe "home away from home." The concept uses warm and restful colors, a smaller ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY226COST PER SQ FT$127.98FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized scale, collaborative organization and integration of nature, safety and green design elements to create this "home-like" environment.

Situated in a residential neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., the school was designed on a historically significant site known as the Chase property. On the site was an old home, the Chase House, that was renovated and master-planned as an integral part of the new school campus. It was transformed into the school’s administration building.

The five-building campus is connected by a central courtyard that provides an outdoor neighborhood gathering space. The educational spaces include general classrooms, science laboratories, technology labs, art and music suites, as well as a media center with a TV production studio. The design also contains a multipurpose cafeteria with an activity center, physical-education lab, hard court and play fields.