Tampa Heights Elementary Magnet School

Tampa, Florida


Hillsborough County Public Schools


51,941 sq.ft.

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Completion Date


Design Team
Sol J. Fleischman, AIA, NCARB (Principal-in-Charge); Marcel Maslowski, AIA (Project Architect & Lead Designer); Ken Zuker (Project Manager); Keenan Johnson, LEED® Green Associate (Interior Designer); Lauren Campo, PE (Civil Engineer); James Mehltretter, PE (Structural Engineer); Julius Davis, PE, LEED® AP (MEPFP, Security & Communications Engineer); Thomas Levin (Landscape Architect)

Built in 1906 by volunteers from the surrounding community, Tampa Heights Elementary Magnet School has been an integral part of the Tampa Heights urban fabric for more than a century. In the wake of Hurricane Irma in September 2017, a failure in the building’s electrical system sparked a fire that destroyed much of the original school. The exterior masonry walls were salvaged and restored, and a new internal tectonic steel structure was designed to hold the brickwork safely in place.

To meet programmatic requirements, a two-story floating addition was constructed between the existing wings. The void between the existing footprint and addition becomes the vertical community organized around a central stair connecting all three levels. The dynamic relationship between the contemporary interior and historic exterior imbues the school with a renewed energy.

Reconfiguration of the site provides a single point of ingress and egress for enhanced safety. Improved amenities enrich the site and provide necessary supports for the reconstructed school. The rejuvenated courtyard features a shaded amphitheater tailored to small performances and outdoor lessons.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

Campo Engineering, Inc.; Master Consulting Engineers, Inc.; VoltAir Consulting Engineers; Ekistics Design Studio, Inc.; JE Dunn Construction Company



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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Tarkett USA
Flooring by Patcraft
Brick/Masonry by Cherokee Brick
Cabinets by Wilsonart
Ceilings by USG
Ceramic Tile by Atlas Concorde
Ceramic Tile by Florida Tile
Ceramic Tile by Schluter
Ceramic Tile by Mapei
Door Hardware by Glynn-Johnson
Door Hardware by Ives
Door Hardware by LCN Closers
Door Hardware by Schlage
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Door Hardware by Zero International
Doors by Steelcraft
Doors by YKK
Doors by Cornell Iron Works
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Insulation by CertainTeed
Insulation by Owens Corning
Insulation by Atlas Sound
Movable Partitions/Walls by Metpar
Paint/Wallcoverings by PPG Industries
Plumbing by American Standard
Plumbing by Zurn
Plumbing by Fiat
Plumbing by Elkay
Plumbing by AO Smith
Plumbing by Amtrol
Roofing by GAF Materials
Roofing by Soprema
Windows by YKK
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Legion Lighting Company
Lighting & Accessories by Acuity Brands Controls
Lighting & Accessories by Gotham Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Mark Architectural Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Times Square Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Nulite Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Honeywell
Security Systems by Altronix
Security Systems by Axis Lighting
Security Systems by ASSA ABLOY
Security Systems by Exacq Technologies
Security Systems by DSC Aritech
Security Systems by HID
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by San Jamar
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Accessories by San Jamar
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Sloan Valve
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom Fixtures by Acorn Aqua
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Metpar
Clocks/Time Management by Avaya
Communications Systems by Valcom
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by American Visual Display Products
Draperies/Blinds by SWFcontract
Kitchen Equipment by Frigidaire
Kitchen Equipment by Broan
Kitchen Equipment by Metro
Kitchen Equipment by Edlund
Kitchen Equipment by Amana
Kitchen Equipment by Crescor
Lockers by Scranton Products
Benches/Site Furnishings by Vista
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
Fencing/Edging by Ameristar
Fencing/Edging by Master-Halco, Inc.
Plumbing by Rain Bird
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