Colonial High School

Orlando, Florida

  • FIRM

    BRPH Architects-Engineers


    Orange County Public Schools

  • AREA

    370,000 sq.ft.





Colonial High School, a cornerstone of the Orlando, Fla., community since 1959, counts distinguished professionals, school superintendents, politicians and a national Medal of Honor winner among its alumni. After nearly a half-century, the original facility had begun to show its age and was in need of replacement, but community sentiment favored retaining its location ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY3,053COST PER SQ FT$98.65FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation preserving the campus.

The architect conducted an in-depth conditions assessment of buildings and environmental analysis. A new master plan, incorporating both existing and new structures, was developed.

Some of the buildings were retained and updated to match the look of the new buildings, including a relatively new auditorium, which saved the district more than $4 million.

Among the challenges the design team faced were a serious absence of functionality in the vehicular circulation pattern of the campus, and ensuring that 3,000 students could maintain a regular class and extracurricular schedule safely while construction progressed. Multiphased construction was completed in January 2003.

The “new” campus now functions efficiently and securely, and has become a model for school renovation in this district.