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Divine Savior Academy Breaks Ground

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Divine Savior Academy (DSA), a private school located in Doral, Florida, hired Somerville Architects | Engineers to design its new 400 student high school. Located directly across the street from Trump National Golf Course, the current 550-student PreK3 to 9th grade school is the only private Christian school in Doral and serves the greater Miami area.

In 2012, the Florida school approached Somerville after touring another of the Green Bay, Wisconsin architecture and engineering firm’s school designs – Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, Wisconsin. “Initially our Board of Directors expressed some concerns about the distance between the Architect and our project,” said Administrator Carlos Leyrer, “but the distance was never an issue, and the planning and design process couldn’t have gone smoother. We’re very pleased with the professional services and the final design. Somerville’s staff knowledge and technical capabilities are impressive.”

Divine Savior Academy’s new stand-alone high school building will be located to the north of its current campus on an adjoining 7.75 acres of land. The high density, compact nature of the site required creative planning, resulting in a 3-story academic building design utilizing tilt-wall concrete construction. The additional 88,000 square feet of educational space will have 23 classrooms, 4 science labs, tiered lecture rooms, an outdoor classroom, a gymnasium, locker rooms, a weight room, media center, audio visual lab, computer lab, chess room, dance studio, art studio, and music lab. The campus will also include 4 tennis courts, a soccer/football field, more playground area, and over 200 additional parking spaces. The entire PreK3 to 12th grade program will benefit from these additions. Phase 2 of the project will eventually include an auditorium, worship and arts center which has already been designed as part of their master campus plan.

Somerville provided the architectural and interior design services, and partnered with Florida based engineering consultants, including structural engineer Bliss and Nyitray, mechanical and electrical engineers Johnson Levinson Ragan Davila, civil engineers Kimley-Horn and landscape architects EDSA. Moss-Lebolo of Ft. Lauderdale is the construction manager. Somerville staff Architects worked closely with Miami-Dade Fire and the City of Doral to ensure the approval process was a success.

DSA has scheduled the new high school to open its doors in August 2015, for the 2015-2016 academic year. The school recently broke ground on its $19 million new high school.

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