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Aventura Waterways K-8 Center

Aventura, FL

Zyscovich Architects recently completed a new generation of prototype Pre-K-8 schools for the Miami-Dade County Public School system. These prototype facilities will be constructed on a minimum of 11 sites over the next five years.

During an extensive research and development phase, Zyscovich Architects’ Education Group analyzed designs and post-occupancy evaluations of K-8 facilities world-wide to learn what worked well in other educational environments and how to incorporate those best practices into the new K-8’s design.

During this phase, the facilities list and program for the new K-8 were developed in conjunction with Miami-Dade district staff. High performance school design with the prototypical flexibility of Zyscovich solutions and LEED® principles will reduce first-time costs and operating expenses, preserve the environment and improve student performance, comfort, and safety.

The prototype design delivers a school comprised of a series of “protoparts:” modular classroom buildings, an assembly building and an administration/media building linked by “connectors” containing staircases, mechanical rooms, toilets and other support spaces. A variety of connector modules is provided creating classroom buildings which can respond to varying site conditions and configurations. The schools are designed with interchangeable materials and façades to blend with the environmental context and communities in which they are located. Current facilities include: Aventura Waterways K-8 Center, Coconut Palm K-8 Academy, Mandarin Lakes K-8 Academy, and Dr. Rolando Espinosa K-8 Center.

Zyscovich Architects recently completed a new generation of prototype Pre-K-8 schools for the Miami-Dade County Public School system. These prototype facilities will be constructed on a minimum of 11 sites over the next five years.

During an extensive research and development phase, Zyscovich Architects’ Education Group analyzed designs and post-occupancy evaluations of K-8 facilities world-wide to learn what worked well in other educational environments and how to incorporate those best practices into the new K-8’s design.

During this phase, the facilities list and program for the new K-8 were developed in conjunction with Miami-Dade district staff. High performance school design with the prototypical flexibility of Zyscovich solutions and LEED® principles will reduce first-time costs and operating expenses, preserve the environment and improve student performance, comfort, and safety.

The prototype design delivers a school comprised of a series of “protoparts:” modular classroom buildings, an assembly building and an administration/media building linked by “connectors” containing staircases, mechanical rooms, toilets and other support spaces. A variety of connector modules is provided creating classroom buildings which can respond to varying site conditions and configurations. The schools are designed with interchangeable materials and façades to blend with the environmental context and communities in which they are located. Current facilities include: Aventura Waterways K-8 Center, Coconut Palm K-8 Academy, Mandarin Lakes K-8 Academy, and Dr. Rolando Espinosa K-8 Center.