Strawberry Crest High School
Dover, Florida210,000 SFBeck – ConstructionLong and Associates – Architect
The design of Strawberry Crest High School revolves around the history and context of the rural community it serves. The School District of Hillsborough County purchased a 105 acre former strawberry farm to serve as home for three distinct campuses – elementary school, middle school and high school – with shared utilities. Strawberry Crest High relieves overcrowding at three area high schools and eliminates long commutes for many local families. Built by Beck, the two-story high school serves 2,500 students and provides robust athletic and agricultural programs. Intended as a prototype, the facility includes hardened “Enhanced Hurricane Protection Areas” for use as a public emergency shelter and green design strategies. In addition to daylighting, the project takes advantage of lower energy use, recycled materials, reduced potable water use, and low maintenance finishes. The campus also includes a central utility plant and adjoining 150,000 water tank that feeds all three schools.