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10 Years Ago, Boone High School

Since I have only lived in Orlando for 8 years, I thought it would be interesting to look back 10 years and see what buildings were honored in 2004 by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and share them with you.


One of 2004’s award winning designs is the Boone High School (Administration & classroom Building) Orlando, Florida. It received the AWARD OF HONOR, designed by C.T. Hsu & Associates P.A., Winter Park, Florida.

C.T. Hsu +  Associates developed the $28 million comprehensive master plan to revitalize  and re-energize Orlando’s  historic Boone High School, originally built in 1952.  The plan used 25 acres of land acquired by  the school board to expand the high school’s cramped campus and blend it with a  new K-8 elementary school onto one 70 acre site.

The firm’s  plan improved Boone’s classroom environment, capacity, accessibility and  security.  Special design attention was  given to the school’s main entrance to make it welcoming for students and  visitors. Portable classrooms were replaced with permanent new buildings.  New athletic facilities for both schools were  placed close to a neighborhood park for shared use with the community.

Completed  under budget, Boone   High School’s principal  called the new campus “a facility ready for the 21st century.”  It also raised the bar for all future work in  the school district’s multi-billion dollar school building program.

Here is a link to the architect’s website:

The independent Jury said: “Entrance roof shape announces arrival and provides an identity for a rather simple building. Creates a sense of identity for the existing building.”

Check here for all the 2004 AIAOrlando award winners, on the AIA Website : We will feature more of them in the coming months.

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