PALMETTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Completed November 2010
2013 Architectural Showcase Award Florida Educational Facilities Planners' Association, Inc
2012 Merit Award
American Institute of Architects
Tampa Bay Chapter
Simple organization, proper scaling, and a safe, secure, fun, and engaging environment are design fundamentals integrated into Palmetto Elementary School. The 107,437 square foot campus is arranged around a central courtyard and circulation spine inspired by Savannah’s tightly scaled streets and town squares. This allows for simple and clear orientation and circulation of students while providing safety and security. The surrounding offices and classrooms allow for passive monitoring of all activity in the courtyard. Access is completely controlled at the reception area and the spaces between the buildings are secure.
The courtyard contains an amphitheater with a trellised outdoor stage, a butterfly garden, a vegetable garden, built in benches, and planters, all designed for optional uses as outdoor classrooms. Moreover, students can sit comfortably on the soft, drought tolerant, native Seaside Paspalum grass. Vibrant colors, bridges between buildings, bay window reading spaces in the media center, an art patio, “Learning Street” tutoring vestibules, and more provide a fun atmosphere for learning.
Additional sustainable design elements include the native landscape, louvered sunshades, translucent rolling shades, tinted low-e curtain glass, stained concrete floors, solar-sync irrigation controller, reclaimed water, energy management systems, and motion controlled lighting.