Zyscovich Architects

EnglishEspañol

We make people places.

Hope-Centennial

West Palm Beach, FL

Hope-Centennial Elementary School, the first three-story elementary school in Palm Beach County, was designed in multiple floors in order to fit its educational program into its compact urban site.  Built in the midst of a somewhat blighted neighborhood, the new school has been a key to the area’s revitalization and provides numerous opportunities for public and community use. This, along with increased parent and community participation, has led to a dramatic reduction in crime in the neighborhood, formerly one of the toughest in the county, as reported by The Palm Beach Post. The school is targeting LEED Silver certification.

The program includes an extensive arts, music and science wing and incorporates a “DaVinci Corridor” which uses the Fibonacci Spiral as a design element.   This theme is used in other elements of the design, such as the corridor floor design, and brings in the Fibonacci numbers, ratios and spiral that are used in much of Leonardo DaVinci’s work.   Although working with a compact site, the design incorporates numerous green elements that allow a curriculum of hands-on environmental education with items such as a butterfly garden, a hydroponic garden, a sundial, and a native vegetation hammock.   In addition, advanced technology brings audio enhanced classrooms and WiFi throughout the school. 

Looking to the future, the site’s master plan incorporates consideration for a 9,195 GSF, 100-student station classroom addition. The design incorporates all of the requirements set forth in the Board approved Educational Specifications, Florida Building Code, Florida Accessibility Codes, District Master Specifications, Design Criteria and all other applicable specifications.

Hope-Centennial Elementary School, the first three-story elementary school in Palm Beach County, was designed in multiple floors in order to fit its educational program into its compact urban site.  Built in the midst of a somewhat blighted neighborhood, the new school has been a key to the area’s revitalization and provides numerous opportunities for public and community use. This, along with increased parent and community participation, has led to a dramatic reduction in crime in the neighborhood, formerly one of the toughest in the county, as reported by The Palm Beach Post. The school is targeting LEED Silver certification.

The program includes an extensive arts, music and science wing and incorporates a “DaVinci Corridor” which uses the Fibonacci Spiral as a design element.   This theme is used in other elements of the design, such as the corridor floor design, and brings in the Fibonacci numbers, ratios and spiral that are used in much of Leonardo DaVinci’s work.   Although working with a compact site, the design incorporates numerous green elements that allow a curriculum of hands-on environmental education with items such as a butterfly garden, a hydroponic garden, a sundial, and a native vegetation hammock.   In addition, advanced technology brings audio enhanced classrooms and WiFi throughout the school. 

Looking to the future, the site’s master plan incorporates consideration for a 9,195 GSF, 100-student station classroom addition. The design incorporates all of the requirements set forth in the Board approved Educational Specifications, Florida Building Code, Florida Accessibility Codes, District Master Specifications, Design Criteria and all other applicable specifications.