Manatee High School Davis Building
Manatee High School Davis Building involved a study to determine restoration versus replacement of the 1926 building. The new facility includes an auditorium, classrooms, music labs, and an outdoor amphitheater. The design pays homage to the original building.
This project involved a building systems and envelope study to determine the feasibility of restoration versus replacement of the 1926 Paul F. Davis Building on the Manatee High School campus. Long & Associates provided multiple design options for owner review, keeping in mind the historical nature of the facility. Based upon our findings, the School Board voted to replace the aged building with a new facility.
The 71,146 SF, two-story facility includes an 800-seat auditorium with a state-of-the-art audio-visual system for the District’s premier performing arts academy. The building also features dressing rooms, two music labs, multiple practice areas, band room, chorus room, orchestra room, 25 classrooms, a two-story interior atrium, and an outdoor amphitheater. The building houses the entire foreign language department as well as the majority of the social studies department. The iconic columned portico pays homage to the original 1926 Davis Building which was recognized as a historic landmark within the Manatee County community.
The Davis Building was designed using the latest Revit® Building Information Modeling technology. In coordination with the owner and project stakeholders, this complex modeling process fine-tuned the program to reduce required gross square footage while responding appropriately to existing campus aesthetics.