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SchenkelShultz Architecture Begins Design of Center for Innovation and Academics at Lake Highland Preparatory School

New Innovation Building to elevate high school curriculum and support the school’s reputation for academic excellence

ORLANDO, FLA.,–  SchenkelShultz Architecture is honored to announce that it has been selected to design the newest addition to the Lake Highland Preparatory School Main Campus. The 71,000 SF academic building will establish a new western edge to the campus and feature a ‘bridging’ element that visually connects the lakefront to the south. The Center for Innovation and Academics embraces a modern interpretation of the historical Georgian language and will support interdisciplinary learning and idea-sharing across multiple academic programs by way of interconnected classrooms, labs, a flexible student commons and media center, as well as administrative offices.
“The idea of the Innovation Institute by the Upper School administrators encouraged us to find a solution that would put this unique element at the heart of the project,” said Ekta Desai, Partner at SchenkelShultz. “The elevated ‘bridge’ is a platform for discovery that is expandable to cross-fertilize between varying subjects such as robotics, engineering, physics and science. Natural light and views to the lake were prioritized to keep students and staff connected and inspired by their environment.”
Founded in 1970, Lake Highland Preparatory School features a 42-acre campus in downtown Orlando and hosts nearly 2,000 students from Pre-K to 12th-grade.
“Designing this new building gives us an opportunity to incorporate educational facility functionality with modern design principles,” added David Torbert, Partner and Education Leader at SchenkelShultz. “We are looking forward to collaborating with the students, parents, educators, and administrators on this significant project that will serve students for years to come.”
SchenkelShultz has been an educational design leader in 21st century learning environments for more than 20 years. The firm’s K-12 portfolio of work totals more than 55 million square-feet of projects in the US, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
About SchenkelShultz Architecture 
SchenkelShultz Architecture has built a legacy of success through continued focus on design excellence that responds to the distinctive needs of our clients. The firm remains committed to delivering relationship-driven design that is rooted in critical thinking, research, collaboration and personal experiences, balanced by fiscal responsibility. SchenkelShultz’s focus is ever forward, centered around a diversity of talent, meaningful community partnerships and a commitment to inspire the community through impactful design. For more information, visit: www.schenkelshultz.com.

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