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ALfrEd B. MAcLAy ScHooL PrE-K BuiLdiNg, tallahassee, fl
ELLiott MArSHALL iNNES, P.A. (EMi), tallahassee, fl
Interior and exterior views of the drop-off area
showing the cantilevered entry cover. The exterior
wall of the gathering space is pierced with
openings of various size and shape.
Photos by Bill Elliott, AIA
Site plan shows the
“pinwheel” arrangement of
the classroom pods.
“This pre-K building could be
a textbook lesson on how building
requirements and site constraints can
inspire and direct the design process.”
– Seth Coffin, RA
This building is on the campus of
a long-established private school in
northern Leon County that previously
included kindergarten through grade 12.
The project program called for eight new
classroom spaces, a multi-purpose room
and corresponding ancillary functions.
A rigorous schematic design process
determined that a centralized plan
typology would best serve the client’s
needs. Two parallel ground face block
walls on opposite sides of the building
serve to visually graft the building to
its site. These walls also serve to define
the edges of outside play areas.
The structure of the building is
exposed in a central gathering space on
which “floating” walls reach the ceiling
and allow natural light to filter through a
layer of punched openings animating the
interior. The relationship of this central
space to the subordinate classroom spaces
evolved from a static geometry to one that
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2013
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
2013 Legislative Wrap-Up
Alfred B. Maclay School Pre-K Building
Pasco Middle School
St. Leo University Parking Garage and Turf Stadium
Warner University Agricultural Complex
The Tin House
Could You Learn to Love LEED?
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2013