Gator Run Elementary School in Weston, Fla., was designed to accommodate specific objectives set forth by the Broward County School District. First, the district was looking for a compact design for the K-5 facility to maximize its less-than-10-acre location. Second, the facility team was interested in a cost-effective design offering functionality COST PER SQ FT$74.20FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio durability.
The architect was able to design a new school facility that successfully met these criteria. This partial two-story design includes an inviting main entry, providing easy but limited access to the administrative area. Shared spaces, including the cafetorium that doubles as a performance hall and the media center, also are situated centrally, off the entry.
Secure interior corridors connect classrooms, with younger students housed on the lower floor and older students on the second floor.
Cost efficiency was achieved through the use of tilt-up concrete walls. These walls contain significant interior steel reinforcement, which allows the entire facility to qualify as a hurricane shelter.
The school’s contemporary exterior design blends aesthetically into the existing neighborhood.