Santa Fe High School – Science Building

Project: Santa Fe High School – William P. Herschleb Science Building
Location: Alachua, Florida
Owner: Alachua County Public Schools
Construction Cost: $6.9 Million
Project Size: 37,502 SF

Completion: June 2009 / August 2011The William P. Herschleb Science Building, named for the school’s long-time principal and science teacher, Bill Herschleb, was constructed in two distinct phases.  Phase 1 included construction of a 2-story, eight classroom science building that included an elevator and two stair towers, with both the first and second floor corridors ending in an aluminum storefront window, which would eventually provide access to the second phase.

The first phase was designed to meet the state’s EHPA requirements for hurricane shelters, including emergency power systems, impact glazing, and overall hardening of the structure and envelope.  Phase 1 was also designed and constructed to achieve LEED Certification, which it exceeded by earning Silver Certification from the USGBC.

Phase 2 was a 2-story, 10 classroom, non-EHPA addition.  Planning during Phase 1 made for easy isolation of the shelter from the non-EHPA areas of the building.