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Miami Senior High Historic Renovation, Remodeling & Additions

Miami, FL

Zyscovich was commissioned by Miami-Dade County Public Schools to master plan the restoration of the historic Miami Senior High School to its original grandeur, while updating it to a state-of-the-art high school. Opened in 1928, Miami Senior High has played a role in the lives of generations of citizens throughout Miami, the state of Florida, and the nation. The once beautiful and elaborate school was slated for major renovation and modernization, a project for which M-DCPS committed significant resources. Known as “The Biltmore of Education,” its design includes grand interior spaces, open courtyards, colonnades and fountains. The original portions of Miami High (Main Building and Gymnasium) were designated as historic landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.< /br>
Zyscovich conducted complete existing conditions assessments and feasibility analyses to provide out-of-the-box, cost-effective solutions for incorporating extensive life safety renovations and additions to existing buildings on this land-starved campus. The work was carefully phased and sequenced to maintain an effective working and learning environment for its more than 3,000 occupants during construction. The new plan balances preservation of the historic school while optimizing the existing facility to meet present-day teaching requirements. The firm worked with community leaders, M-DCPS and stakeholders in a way that allowed all to share in the vision of the school’s rebirth. /br>
Enhancement of the cultural and academic programs of the high school were greatly improved with the execution of this project. The evening adult education program offers enhanced vocational opportunities in a convenient location for residents of the area. Culturally, the school possesses one of the most impressive auditoriums in the State of Florida. Its restoration facilitated increased use as a community theater. The gym is also used for community events in addition to its primary school-based recreational use. A small museum of the history of Miami High is proposed to be added in the “living room,” a space once used in conjunction with home economics courses. This once elegant room facing the east courtyard will be made accessible to the public during school hours for this new function. Finally, improved green space on the grounds of the campus and at the perimeter has greatly improved the aesthetic quality of the site. Landscaping in the right-of-ways and careful attention to street improvements have completed the return of the school to the position of prominence in the community that it once held.

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KEY FEATURE
Master Planning
Interior Renovations
Programming
Space Planning
Administrative Offices
Student Services
Collaboration Rooms
Re-programming 
Facility & Feasibility Analyses
Existing Condition Assessment & Analysis
Scope & Program Verification 
Additions, Renovations & Remodeling
ADA Upgrades
Integration to Existing, Operational Campus 
Historic Preservation
Phased Replacement
Integration to Urban Environment
Varied Users & Themed Programs
Joint-Use Facilities
Phased Development Plan
Community Involvement

Zyscovich was commissioned by Miami-Dade County Public Schools to master plan the restoration of the historic Miami Senior High School to its original grandeur, while updating it to a state-of-the-art high school. Opened in 1928, Miami Senior High has played a role in the lives of generations of citizens throughout Miami, the state of Florida, and the nation. The once beautiful and elaborate school was slated for major renovation and modernization, a project for which M-DCPS committed significant resources. Known as “The Biltmore of Education,” its design includes grand interior spaces, open courtyards, colonnades and fountains. The original portions of Miami High (Main Building and Gymnasium) were designated as historic landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.< /br>
Zyscovich conducted complete existing conditions assessments and feasibility analyses to provide out-of-the-box, cost-effective solutions for incorporating extensive life safety renovations and additions to existing buildings on this land-starved campus. The work was carefully phased and sequenced to maintain an effective working and learning environment for its more than 3,000 occupants during construction. The new plan balances preservation of the historic school while optimizing the existing facility to meet present-day teaching requirements. The firm worked with community leaders, M-DCPS and stakeholders in a way that allowed all to share in the vision of the school’s rebirth. /br>
Enhancement of the cultural and academic programs of the high school were greatly improved with the execution of this project. The evening adult education program offers enhanced vocational opportunities in a convenient location for residents of the area. Culturally, the school possesses one of the most impressive auditoriums in the State of Florida. Its restoration facilitated increased use as a community theater. The gym is also used for community events in addition to its primary school-based recreational use. A small museum of the history of Miami High is proposed to be added in the “living room,” a space once used in conjunction with home economics courses. This once elegant room facing the east courtyard will be made accessible to the public during school hours for this new function. Finally, improved green space on the grounds of the campus and at the perimeter has greatly improved the aesthetic quality of the site. Landscaping in the right-of-ways and careful attention to street improvements have completed the return of the school to the position of prominence in the community that it once held.

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KEY FEATURE
Master Planning
Interior Renovations
Programming
Space Planning
Administrative Offices
Student Services
Collaboration Rooms
Re-programming 
Facility & Feasibility Analyses
Existing Condition Assessment & Analysis
Scope & Program Verification 
Additions, Renovations & Remodeling
ADA Upgrades
Integration to Existing, Operational Campus 
Historic Preservation
Phased Replacement
Integration to Urban Environment
Varied Users & Themed Programs
Joint-Use Facilities
Phased Development Plan
Community Involvement