The Els Center of Excellence is now moving from concept to reality and planned to be operational by 2015. The Center is an extraordinary project that is designed to be an example of what can be made available to children and young adults on the autism spectrum. The physical components include an educational program for 300 students ages 3-21, applied research, medical and professional services, transition to adulthood and a myriad of aspects including adult living and job training.
A new 27 acre non-profit ESE (Exceptional Student Education) School includes a Research Program, Medical and Professional Services, Lower School Building and an Auditorium and Foundation Administrative Office Building. International and local visitors enter the Auditorium Lobby featuring a painted and stained 2 story Grand Stair. The Auditorium resides behind the Grand Stair and is designed for performances and teaching and research seminars. Technology is integrated for international on-line seminars. Upholstered walls provide acoustical absorption. Irwin auditorium seating has dark wood back panels. A drapery on the stage back wall opens to reveal a full wall projection screen. The charter school includes specialty rooms for Applied Research. Observation Rooms were designed for discrete classroom viewing, teaching and evaluation. The low light level in the Observation Room obscures the viewer from classroom view. A Shaw Contract wood grain vinyl plank floor tile pattern and high ceiling highlights identify intersections in the perpendicular corridors. Classroom doors stand out in dark stained wood and dark color Patcraft Carpet. Corridor walls are a neutral color for low stimulation.
Peacock + Lewis provided planning, design and construction administration for this research facility in a multi-story solution of approximately 135,000 sqft. This state of the art science and engineering facility includes faculty and research offices as well as full service laboratory facilities for a curriculum including biology, physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, laser technology, robotics, and computer science.
Peacock + Lewis provided the master planning and implementation of phased construction for this community college campus of 6,000 students. The master plan utilizes a fractured traditional grid pattern for the campus, enabling plaza areas to be created between groups of structures. The existing lush subtropical vegetation, combined with a free-form roadway system, softens the formal grid pattern. This main roadway encircles the entire campus with pockets of strategically placed parking, thus allowing an organic growth with automobiles never intersecting pedestrian thorough fares.
William T. Dwyer High School is a public high school for grades 9–12 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. It is best known for its Academy of Finance Program, which is part of the National Academy Foundation. It is also an International Baccalaureate school.