5. Phase II – FAQs
Construction of the new secondary building is complete! Students will be welcomed into the new facility on January 20, 2021. Answers to questions regarding the project are found below and project history can be found here: Campus Revitalization
Project Dates: October 28, 2019 – January 20, 2021
Conceptual Design: Prakaish Nair with Fielding Nair International
Architect: Brook Sherrard (formerly of SchenkelShultz Architecture) & Joseph Toth | SchenkelSchultz
Interior Design: Jennifer Ramski (Ramski & Co.)
Furnishings: Marie Brown (UF), Buffy Montgomery (OEC) with the P.K. Learning Environment Design Committee
Funding Sources: 2019 & 2020 Legislative Appropriations, P.K. Yonge PECO funds, University of Florida, private donations
Where is the secondary building located? The secondary building (in orange on the map below) is located just south of Tumblin Creek where the P.K. Yonge Mead Library and J-Wing were located.
How did we make space for the building?
2019-20: Mead Library and J-Wing removed
Summer 2020: K-Wing removed
2021: Vacated facilities (classrooms + offices) removed
Where were J-Wing classes located during construction?
6th and 7th grade core classes were located in H and I Wings for the 2018-19/ 2019-20 school years. Drama classes were located in the Performing Arts Building. As is our practice each school year, class locations are communicated to students when they are given their course schedules on the first day of the school year.
Where were classes in K-Wing located from August 2020 until the opening of the building?
Locations for K-Wing classes and other short-term shifts took place for the start of the 2020-21 school year until the opening of the new building. As is our practice every school year, class locations will be shared with students on the first day of the school year.
How did construction impact classes?
Plans were designed to avoid disruption to classes or other school activities. Any construction-related changes to class locations was communicated with as much advance notice as possible.
How did students access P.K. Yonge Mead Library services during construction?
Learning Commons After-School Study Hours
High school after-school study hours, are relocated to the east side of the cafeteria until 4:00pm Monday-Friday.
Virtual School Classes were located in the Community Classroom.
There was no school-sponsored middle school learning commons after-school options. Blue Wave After School, an independent service provider located on our campus, offers Middle School Study Hall Hours and after-care options to P.K. Yonge middle school families. | Details
A secondary library collection was located in the N-Wing Gallery and an elementary library collection was located on the second floor of the elementary building (in the meadow).
Students are encouraged to obtain an Alachua County Library Card which will allow them to check books out and to access digital books through the Overdrive app on their Chromebooks for free.
Need help with Alachua County Library cards and eBooks, email Megan Koppitch | email@example.com
For classes that have used books located in the library as required by class curriculum, plans were made to facilitate access to those texts while construction was in progress.
How do I keep up to date on the campus revitalization project?
Families can visit the Campus Revitalization section of the website to learn more about the history of the whole project and to find more information about construction of Phase II – Secondary and Phase II – FAQs.
Updates are shared via email, through announcements on the website, and on the Campus Revitalization page throughout the project.