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S.D Spady

Delray Beach, FL

S.D. Spady Elementary School is an important community institution in Delray Beach.  The original school was the first African American school in Palm Beach County and the founding principal, Solomon David Spady, was appointed by Booker T. Washington.  The replacement of the school was therefore a sensitive project and important for the entire community.  Zyscovich’s design objective was to create architecture that recognizes the historic value of this school to the community. This was achieved by recalling the historic architecture of Delray Beach and incorporating metal roofs, Bahama shutters and residential scale openings similar to those found in the surrounding neighborhood homes.  In addition, all work had to be carefully phased to ensure student and staff safety while the new campus was built around the existing school.

The school also contains a Montessori Magnet Program, which attracts children from the entire county.  The school is thus composed of a series of courtyards, each opening into the other, providing numerous outdoor learning opportunities, an important component of the Montessori Program.  Each Montessori grade level has its own courtyard, creating a sense of place for its students. In addition, the on-site memorials, including a butterfly garden, and many of the school’s historic trees have been retained and incorporated into the facility design, along with the existing lightly-remodeled administration and media center building.

S.D. Spady Elementary School is an important community institution in Delray Beach.  The original school was the first African American school in Palm Beach County and the founding principal, Solomon David Spady, was appointed by Booker T. Washington.  The replacement of the school was therefore a sensitive project and important for the entire community.  Zyscovich’s design objective was to create architecture that recognizes the historic value of this school to the community. This was achieved by recalling the historic architecture of Delray Beach and incorporating metal roofs, Bahama shutters and residential scale openings similar to those found in the surrounding neighborhood homes.  In addition, all work had to be carefully phased to ensure student and staff safety while the new campus was built around the existing school.

The school also contains a Montessori Magnet Program, which attracts children from the entire county.  The school is thus composed of a series of courtyards, each opening into the other, providing numerous outdoor learning opportunities, an important component of the Montessori Program.  Each Montessori grade level has its own courtyard, creating a sense of place for its students. In addition, the on-site memorials, including a butterfly garden, and many of the school’s historic trees have been retained and incorporated into the facility design, along with the existing lightly-remodeled administration and media center building.