Davidsen Middle School Tampa, Florida

Administration Building

Administration Building

South Facade at Courtyard

South Facade at Courtyard

Facade Detail

Facade Detail

Stair In Use

Stair In Use

Stair Model

Stair Model

Bus Loop

Bus Loop

Main Courtyard

Main Courtyard

Courtyard

Courtyard

Courtyard

Courtyard

Classroom Building Sun Shades

Classroom Building Sun Shades

Site Plan

Site Plan

First Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Elevations

Elevations

Arial Rendering

Arial Rendering

Overall Sketch

Overall Sketch

Sun Screen Model

Sun Screen Model

Client: Hillsborough County School District

Location: 10501 Montague Street

Site: A 26 acre tract with a very subtle slope in topography towards the southeast. The only existing landscape on the site is a wetlands conservation area located in the northwest corner of the site. The site is bounded on the south and west by homes and on the north and east by undeveloped parcels.

Program Challenge: The program called for a 130,000 square foot prototypical middle school to accommodate 1,511 students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades within a compact design. In addition to general education classrooms, the school also needed special purpose instructional spaces including an art studio, music suite and physical education facility with exterior play courts, play fields and running track. The program also provided for the needs of exceptional students and includes vocational education spaces for business technology, family consumer sciences, and communications technology. Both a limited budget and timeline required extra consideration. Additionally, because the site is in a rapidly growing bedroom community that at the time of project conception lacked architecturally significant public buildings, the architects wanted to create a school that would set a precedent for future public and institutional buildings in the area.

Solution: Rowe Architects sited the school to take advantage of views of a nearby wetland conservation area. Building orientation is primarily east-west with desirable views from the classroom buildings to the north wetlands and to the south within the campus.

To ensure efficient use of space, RAI considered the project in terms of two simple, mutually defining elements; the massing (positive) and the circulation (negative). The primary and secondary circulation elements bring order to massing through separation, and at the same time act as a common thread tying the campus together. Once the massing and circulation elements were established, shifting was possible to allow for the development of public space.

Tilt-up concrete panels were used for the exterior envelope to help keep the project within budget.

The school’s design was awarded AIA Tampa Bay’s 2002 Merit Award for Architecture, AIA Florida’s 1999 Unbuilt Design Award, and AIA Florida’s 2001 Merit Award of Excellence.

  • 2004 Exhibition of School Architecture, National School Boards Association
  • 2003 Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture, AIA Tampa Bay
  • 2002-2003 Published, AIA Florida Caribbean Firm Directory, AIA Florida
  • 2001 Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture, AIA Florida
  • 1999 Un-Built Design Award, AIA Florida