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Frederick Douglass Elementary School

Miami, FL

Frederick Douglass Elementary involves the replacement of an existing PK-5 school on an urban, three-acre site in Historic Overtown. Zyscovich designed the District’s newest prototypical, 276-student station ‘micro-school’ utilizing a Small Schools by Design (SSD) framework. The 33,500 SF modular, two-story prototype responds efficiently to the requirements of its intended compact, urban sites, as well as to the educational challenges faced by urban community schools. The micro-schools’ size positively affects staffing and operations by providing a more intimate educational setting, facilitating more personal relationships between students and teachers and increasing parental involvement. It also allows greater administrative responsiveness to community needs, as modular ‘plug-in’ program spaces can be added as needed. The prototype and plug-ins will be designed in conjunction with community partners to provide services that are currently lacking within the surrounding neighborhood, such as medical and speech therapy clinics, ESOL classes, and specialized ESE programs. The prototype also allows for accelerated project delivery within a lean budget. 

Traditional programmatic spaces are designed to promote 21st century collaborative learning aimed at increasing attendance and achievement rates. Students will produce daily broadcasts in the state-of-the-art closed-circuit telecast studio incorporated into the media center. The studio opens to an expanded circulation area, allowing passing students to witness the daily broadcasts. To maximize the space within the compact building footprint, the music room is elevated and has an operable partition that opens to the dining area, creating a flexible stage-like performance space while conserving square footage. The use of this flex-space will be extended to the surrounding neighborhood for community events and adult education programs. The compact building footprint leaves room for enhanced outdoor areas that will also be shared with the neighborhood, to include a physical education shelter, a primary play area, hard courts, play fields and an expansive covered dining patio.

 

Frederick Douglass Elementary involves the replacement of an existing PK-5 school on an urban, three-acre site in Historic Overtown. Zyscovich designed the District’s newest prototypical, 276-student station ‘micro-school’ utilizing a Small Schools by Design (SSD) framework. The 33,500 SF modular, two-story prototype responds efficiently to the requirements of its intended compact, urban sites, as well as to the educational challenges faced by urban community schools. The micro-schools’ size positively affects staffing and operations by providing a more intimate educational setting, facilitating more personal relationships between students and teachers and increasing parental involvement. It also allows greater administrative responsiveness to community needs, as modular ‘plug-in’ program spaces can be added as needed. The prototype and plug-ins will be designed in conjunction with community partners to provide services that are currently lacking within the surrounding neighborhood, such as medical and speech therapy clinics, ESOL classes, and specialized ESE programs. The prototype also allows for accelerated project delivery within a lean budget. 

Traditional programmatic spaces are designed to promote 21st century collaborative learning aimed at increasing attendance and achievement rates. Students will produce daily broadcasts in the state-of-the-art closed-circuit telecast studio incorporated into the media center. The studio opens to an expanded circulation area, allowing passing students to witness the daily broadcasts. To maximize the space within the compact building footprint, the music room is elevated and has an operable partition that opens to the dining area, creating a flexible stage-like performance space while conserving square footage. The use of this flex-space will be extended to the surrounding neighborhood for community events and adult education programs. The compact building footprint leaves room for enhanced outdoor areas that will also be shared with the neighborhood, to include a physical education shelter, a primary play area, hard courts, play fields and an expansive covered dining patio.