2. Phase I – Elementary

Published 2012-13

The elementary division was selected as the first phase on which to break ground in the total campus rebuild. With that decision made, selecting a design-build firm to make the conceptual design a constructed reality was the next step. After reviewing bids, BRPH, an international architecture and engineering design and construction services firm from Orlando, was selected for the phase 1 design-build project of the 5-phase campus revitalization effort-a new P.K. Yonge elementary building.

Collaboration between P.K. Yonge and BRPH ensued, expertly facilitated by the Construction and Planning Division at the University of Florida. Meetings and consultations continued throughout the construction process to stay true to the conceptual design crafted by Fielding Nair, and to handle typical details of a large scale construction process.

Throughout the design-build process, elementary faculty were taking steps to bring them closer to opening day – a day when school would look and feel very different anything teachers and students had experienced in their school careers thus far. The professional development process was critical to making the project a success (For more reading on this topic, read How Did We Get Here).



The concept-design-build process was a rousing success. Students love coming to school and faculty are constantly amazed at the change they see in their students and in themselves.

We are grateful to have had such incredible partners: Fielding Nair, BRPH, UF Construction and Planning, our UF project manager Bill Smith and many others who have devoted time and energy to the beginning of our new elementary school building. We are indebted to Dr. Fran Vandiver for her vision and leadership in making the first phase of the campus rebuilding effort a reality, and for bringing the future into focus for our stakeholders.

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