P.K. Yonge Middle / High School

University of Florida

P.K. Yonge Middle School embarked on a phased transformation of their existing facilities to create a modern campus with a strong focus on developing a student-centered, multi-dimensional 21st-century learning environment. The design of the new three-story Middle/High School aligns with the campus master plan, cultivating a flexible, technology-rich, and universally collaborative learning atmosphere. The innovative approach continues with the new P.K. Yonge project, which establishes diverse learning communities where no two spaces share the same size, offering a variety of environments to cater to various styles. This collaborative and inquiry-driven learning environment is further enhanced through technology integration, accommodating all modes of learning within each learning community while embracing sustainability as its core value.

Branded and custom, a perforated metal panel punctuates PK Yonge's identity into the core gathering area of student life.
The laboratories and open collaboration areas offer innovative learning studios, distance learning labs, teacher planning collaboration spaces, and intimate break-out areas. Leveraging the unique attributes of the location, the design efficiently integrates an educational pathway featuring environmental classrooms, fostering a direct connection to the outdoors. A wetland demonstration area is thoughtfully incorporated into the front entry courtyard, serving as a powerful reminder of the building's environmental impact and promoting ecological awareness.
“Sustainability was prioritized during the early stages of design, as we are dedicated to a greener future. We incorporated energy-efficient lighting and fixtures, sustainable materials, daylighting, restorative views, and native plantings. The middle-high school's LEED® Gold certification in 2022 underscores our commitment to environmental stewardship.”
Michelle DeLora, AIA, LEED® Fellow, Well AP™, Principal
The entry curtain wall showcases vertical panels of tinted glass, mirroring the lush surrounding environment and extending the landscape into the collaborative lobby atrium. Each floor level offers unobstructed views through the atrium, blurring the boundaries between indoors and outdoors, creating a blend between nature and architecture.
Through a combination of patterned brick and vertical panels of tinted glass, the design bridges the school's rich heritage with its promising future.
Enhancing collaboration through acoustical precision offers careful analysis and design of interior building components, including operable partitions, ensuring a well-adapted soundscape for students and teachers to effectively connect.
Empowering student growth, academic learning neighborhoods revolutionize education by prioritizing student-centered learning and incorporating cutting-edge learning studios, distance learning labs, collaborative teacher planning spaces, and intimate breakout areas to support all dimensions of the learning experience.
Meticulously crafted to attain LEED® Gold certification, featuring cutting-edge elements including high-efficiency central chilled water system, air cooled chillers and ice storage systems contributing to a sustainable built environment.


  • 2020 1st Place Award – Architectural Showcase - Combo School Category, Florida Educational Facilities Planners Association