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Boynton Beach, Florida
Galaxy Elementary is the first LEED Platinum School in South Florida and is currently the feature project of The School District of Palm Beach Countyand was recently named Best Elementary School in Florida at the FEFPA conference.
The design intent was to create a campus that captured the natural environment. The original site had very large oak trees that either remained in place or were relocated on site. New oak trees in varying sizes were added to depict the cycle of trees. The remaining plant material is mostly native.
The principal envisioned every space as a teaching space so we incorporated a butterfly garden, a native garden, a student vegetable planting space with a cistern for watering and a green roof with a classroom space. All of these spaces are adjacent to the school building for quick and easy access.
* Completed in 2014 while at Curtis + Rogers. Espe Suarez Kelly was the Project Leader responsible for the job from concept through execution.
Pinecrest Upper School*
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Pinecrest Upper School is a private school in Ft. Lauderdale that was expanded and renovated. The board members wanted an Ivy League feel to the campus so the campus was laid out with courtyards that included symmetrical walkway systems to move the students from classroom to classroom.
The campus had a significant number of large trees that were preserved or relocated. Florida Slash Pines and Oak Trees set the Ivy League tone as you arrive on campus. The entrance was enhanced with additional pines, additional oaks, Royal Palms, Sabal Palms, flowering trees, shrubs and groundcovers. The Oak Trees continue as you move through the campus and into the courtyards. Bridalveil Trees were added in a symmetrical layout to bring contrast to the Oak Trees and to continue the Ivy League feel.
* Completed in 2012 while at Curtis + Rogers. Espe Suarez Kelly was the Project Leader responsible for the job from concept through execution.