Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2014 - (Page 17)
VALENCIA COLLEGE AT LAKE NONA,
ACADEMIC BUILDING, orlando, florida
SCHENKELSHULTZ ARCHITECTURE, orlando, florida
In 2010, Valencia College engaged
SchenkelShultz to design the master plan for
its new 25-acre campus in Orlando. Since
the Academic Building was to be the first
constructed on the site, one of its design
imperatives was to establish a presence that
gave the college its unique identity. It needed
to create a "whole campus."
ALL PHOTOS BY BEN TANNER PHOTOGRAPHY/COURTESY OF SCHENKELSHULTZ.
The Green Building Initiative has awarded
three Green Globes® certification to the
recently completed Academic Building,
the first building on the new Lake Nona
satellite campus of Valencia College. With
56 years of experience designing educational
buildings, this project by SchenkelShultz
may be the most innovative to date. At a cost
of $21.7 million, the 88,821 square foot,
three-story building houses academic spaces,
teaching labs, student services, a bookstore,
Dean's suite, administrative offices and a
library, all in a state-of-the-art academic
environment. There is also a café along with
collaboration and breakout areas. Interior
spaces incorporate flexible furniture to
accommodate different teaching styles and
future program changes.
The courtyard, above, and night views of the Academic Building, below.
The exterior uses stone, brick patterns
and trellises to establish a momentum for
future campus development. Program spaces
are organized around a central courtyard
that also serves as a gathering space. The
courtyard functions as a strong organizing
element for the building as it can be viewed
from every interior space.
The first floor houses a student café and
dining area with a variety of seating options.
Charging stations and wireless access is
available throughout the building. The student
services area contains an operable, glass wall
system that creates an adaptable environment
that can be changed at peak use times. ■
Project Credits: SchenkelShultz Architecture:
OCI Associates, Inc., MEP: BBM Structural
Engineers: Highland Engineering, Civil:
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB),
Landscape Architect: Ramski & Company,
Interior Design: Charles Perry Partners, Inc.
(CPPI), Construction Manager.
florida/caribbean ARCHITECT | spring 2014
Breakout areas throughout the building have comfortable seating and were designed to encourage both
individual study and group interaction.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2014
President’s Perspective / Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP
Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Phase 2
Hanke Hall, Flagler College
NorthView Student Housing, University of Central Florida
Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center, Polk State College
Valencia College at Lake Nona, Academic Building
Spotlight: Emerging Professionals Traction Architecture
Florida Foundation for Architecture Update
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2014