Wekiva High School

Apopka, Florida

Designed to relieve crowding at Apopka High School, Wekiva High School was designed using the architect’s high school prototype for Orange County Public Schools.

To ensure student safety, the 3,214-station school was designed with a single, controlled entrance at the administration area to provide secure and limited access to the campus for all visitors. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY3,214COST PER SQ FT$165.44FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio building also affords visual access to the entire courtyard, further bolstering the security of the school and students. To enable the community to use the facilities after hours, the gymnasium, media center, auditorium and cafeteria are situated at the front of the school for easy access.

The high school was designed with three, two-story academic clusters along the back of the campus and can be organized by grade level or curriculum depending on the school’s needs.

All educational spaces within the school are equipped with overhead LCD projectors and state-of-the-art sound systems.

One of the biggest challenges was the site. Because of an expressway expansion at the south side of the property, the school’s boundaries were altered after the design process started. The solution was to relocate the athletic fields and reconfigure the retention ponds to accommodate the smaller site. The project was delivered on time and under budget.