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Gordon Burnett Middle School
HIllsborough County School Board, Florida
DE Holmes, FAIA
This 157,000 square foot facility is the first prototype middle school for Hillsborough County. Student capacity is 1,120 in grades six, seven, and eight with the school designed around the grade level “house” concept. Facilities include a 1,000-seat gymnasium, multi-purpose auditorium with stage, music suite, art, graphics, home economics, and industrial technology in addition to administration, student services, media, and food service.
The two-story academic wing curves away from a major highway intersection and embraces a magnificent grouping of tall, mature oak trees. Public spaces are organized around a large, landscaped exterior courtyard planned for outdoor dining and other student activities. The major circulation system is on the concave side of the curve and is punctuated by two small courtyards which contain primary vertical circulation components.
Circulation is further celebrated by the light-weight steel canopy system which is juxtaposed against the heavy masonry building masses. For durability and maintenance considerations, the exterior walls are brick veneer on concrete block and all interior partitions are painted plaster. A state of the art local area net-work computer system is installed throughout the entire campus.