OCPS Academic Center for Excellence

Baker Barrios Architects, Inc.

Project of Distinction 2017 Education Design Showcase

OCPS Academic Center for Excellence

Project Information

Facility Use: Early Childhood/Elementary/Middle School
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Community/Joint Use Facilities
Location: Orlando, FL
District/Inst.: Orange County Public Schools
Chief Administrator: n/a
Completion Date: September 2017
Gross Area: 251,812 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 208 sq. ft.
Site Size: 12 acres
Current Enrollment: 1,070 students
Capacity: 1,211 students
Cost per Student: $42,526
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $205
Total Cost: $51,499,557

OCPS Academic Center for ExcellenceLocated in the Parramore neighborhood, the project is a brand-new prototype school within downtown Orlando. The 251,812-square-foot school is the first-of-its-kind preschool through eighth grade school, housing all students onto one campus. Through and through, the project is the embodiment of community and collaboration. It is a Community Partnership School, allowing it a unique and stable relationship with community partners that fully support it by ensuring resources for the overall benefit and advancement of students—in both school and community life. The partnerships were formed with the University of Central Florida, Valencia College, Children’s Home Society of Florida, Orange Blossom Family Health, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, and Rosen Foundation. Together, the collaboration merges early childhood education, afterschool programs, healthcare, mentoring, and family support.

Baker Barrios Architects (in association with HKS) was challenged to create a design that would house programs for the students from each of these partners. These programs would range from classrooms for the elementary and middle schools, to spaces for on-site dental and health services from the Orange Blossom Family Health, and even spaces for after-school activities and faculties from the Boys & Girls Club, all which would connect the partners and the community.

OCPS Academic Center for Excellence OCPS Academic Center for Excellence

Judges Comments

Positive impact on the community and good community use. Built to provide Orlando’s students with a positive place to continue to learn and grow.


Baker Barrios Architects, Inc.