September 2011
In this issue of Full Circle, we focus on education projects and their impact on Central Florida students.
25 Years of Success Logo

Edgewater Auditorium with AIA Logo

Architectural design trends in K-12 and higher education point to where the future is headed and reveal what's possible now. The growing trend for school campuses is to design schools to be more vertical, compact, and developed on less property; the emphasis on sustainable, green design; cutting edge technology; and community responsive master plan design elements are among those trends contributing to the schools of tomorrow. Edgewater High School is one example of this design trend.


Case Study: Edgewater High School - Taking a Landmark High School Into the 21st Century

Edgewater High School, one of two original Orlando heritage schools dating back to the early '50s, was due a general overhaul to upgrade, expand and house state-of-the-art facilities for a new 21st century urban high school. Its location on College Park's main drive and significance as a neighborhood landmark made for an interesting and often intense discussion and consensus-building effort.


According to OCPS' records, the resulting CTH+A's prototype design ultimately provided Edgewater High School with a project that came in well under budget, and approximately $3 million less than the traditional courtyard high school of a comparable size during the same time frame as noted below. 


Cost Chart 


 "In the current economic climate, we are very proud to have saved OCPS and the taxpayers of Orange County significant amount of money with the design of this project, said C.T. Hsu, FAIA, LEED AP. "Additionally, we are very proud to have worked so closely with OCPS and the College Park community to help them realize their vision. It was a great team effort," C.T. added. "The Edgewater Eagles now can soar to their future with a first-class high school that will serve the community well for generations to come."  (Read more...)


A New Urban Campus Design 

Edgewater HS


Edgewater High School's urban design reinterprets the large, often desolate courtyards so prevalent in Florida high schools by collapsing the open space and turning it vertically to form an internalized academic spine. The spine is anchored by the gym and music facilities at one end and the administration and auditorium at the other end along the "main street". At the center of this three-story day-lit atrium is the campus commons with the media center overlooking the cafeteria and outdoor dining area at ground level. Three story classroom wings are organized along the axis allowing all instructional spaces to receive natural light. The design includes energy efficiency and environmental design features where possible in an effort to make the school more comfortable for students and faculty. The compact design optimizes internal communication and supervision while maximizing exterior space for athletic events, parking, and on-campus community events.   (Read more...)


Lessons Learned From Microsoft's School of the Future and Trendsetting School Districts 


PowerPoint Cover SlideMany of the concepts used at Edgewater High School were lessons learned from Microsoft's School of the Future in Philadelphia and from the Los Angeles Unified School District.


In 2006, CTH+A President C.T. Hsu, FAIA, LEED AP, and Senior Designer Rene Alvarez, R.A. visited the School of the Future in Philadelphia. This revolutionary partnership between The School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft Corporation is a model for interactive learning environments where technology is front and center in the students' daily learning experience. C.T. and Rene learned much from meeting with the Microsoft project team behind the School of the Future.  (Read more...) 


The Orlando Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Orlando) presented C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A) with three Honor Awards and two Awards of Merit for the firm's projects, at the 2011 Awards for Design Excellence Gala earlier this year. (Read more...)


Lake County Schools (LCS) recently selected CTH+A for two continuing service contracts for initial two year periods through 2013. (Read more...) 

Winter Garden Fountain
Winter Garden's new Market Pavilion & Park,
designed by C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A), recently opened to the public. The park, which sits a block east of City Hall, between Lakeview and Highland Avenues off Plant Street, is the first in the historic downtown area featuring a pavilion, parking area during the week, public restrooms and an interactive water element. (Read more...)


C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A) provided a comprehensive master plan update for Seminole State College's 185-acre Oviedo Campus, including an analysis of existing facilities and infrastructure, location of future facilities, and the development of campus design guidelines. (Read more...)

Carlo Giammattei, Intern Architect
Carlo Professional ShotCarlo Giammattei is a very talented Intern Architect with C.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A. (CTH+A) who has been with the firm for three years. Carlo was born and raised in Dade County, Florida. Carlo is one of five siblings, and has followed in the footsteps of one of his mentors, his father, who is also in the A/E/C industry.


Carlo's passion for architecture began early in life. In high school, Carlo took technical drafting classes and worked for a structural engineering company. He also did some drafting for a window company. After high school, Carlo attended Florida International University (FIU) and had the opportunity to assist local architects as a model making consultant. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Design with a Minor in Visual Arts. (Read more...)


Dr. Phillips High School Comprehensive Needs Project - CTH+A recently completed stage 1 of the project and we are now working on stage II.


Stage I of this project included reviewing existing life safety reports; reviewing prior work completed at the school; conducting meetings; and preparing reports noting major renovations and remodeling that may be required for a comprehensive remodeling. This information was compiled to create electronic base CADD files to be used for the duration of the project. Also during stage I, CTH+A developed two Conceptual Alternatives Development schemes to provide conceptual designs including diagrams, and temporary student housing diagrams. (Read more...)


Jenkins Auditorium - CTH+A is providing architectural services to the City of Clermont for the design of the new Jenkins Auditorium to be located across the street from the previously designed City Hall. The existing auditorium will be demolished and a new public plaza will be built on the site.


Little River ES Concept 1Little River Elementary School Prototype Reuse - CTH+A is providing program verification, schematic design, design development, construction documents, permitting, bidding, and construction administration services.


This project consists of the replacement of this school to provide improved facilities, as well as corrections to any emergent life safety / fire / accessibility code deficiencies and ongoing maintenance issues. (Read more...)


Colbourn Hall Interior Renovations - CTH+A is providing architectural services under a continuing design build contract held by Clancy & Theys. This project consists of interior renovations to the first floor of Colbourn Hall (Building 18), a 16,000 SF five story building constructed in 1974 on the main campus of the University of Central Florida. (Read more...)

Nathan HeadshotThe Orlando chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Orlando) presented C.T. Hsu + Associates Principal, Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP with the Nils M. Schweizer Community Service Award at the 2011 Awards for Design Excellence Gala held on April 9 at the Country Club of Orlando. on April 9 at the Country Club of Orlando. According to, this award "is given to recognize an architect whose leadership in community activities and service has been a direct benefit to the profession or community."  (Read more...) 



Jim Hughes HeadshotC.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A. (CTH+A) firm Principal Jim Hughes, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, has been appointed to the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council's (ECFRPC) 2011 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee. The committee is tasked with promoting regional economic development through public and private sector collaboration in order to be globally competitive in the 21st century. (Read more...) 



CT HeadshotC.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A. (CTH+A) President C.T. Hsu, FAIA, LEED AP, participated in the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2011 Southern Metro Mini Conference on Valencia College's West Campus on August 16. The theme of the conference was Higher Education Planning in a Time of Change and Challenge.  


Hsu was a co-presenter (along with Keith Houck, Vice President, Administrative Services, and Helene Loiselle, Assistant Vice President/Facilities) of a seminar titled, "Planning to Go Green: Sustainability at Valencia College and Tour."


Hsu addressed the challenges and opportunities in designing LEED-certified higher education buildings. The presentation included a tour of the CTH+A designed University Center, which received LEED Gold certification.

All images and articles copyright 2011 C.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A.
Full Circle Newsletter
C.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A.
820 Irma Avenue Orlando, FL 32803 407 423 0098 Fax 407 423 4793

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to others who might find the information useful. To unsubscribe to this newsletter, please click on either of the unsubscribe links below.