The Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School Classroom Addition is the re-use of the Ruth K. Broad K-8 Classroom Addition designed by GMPA and has become a new prototypical design for the integration of new classrooms and basketball court in urban sites. Like its predecessor, the only land available for this building at the campus of the Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School were the existing outdoor basketball courts. The new 17-classroom building was designed with extra-long structural steel trusses which allowed for a long span with no intermediate support columns over the new sheltered basketball courts that also doubles as an outdoor gathering area for school events.
The re-use of the existing building design required site adaptation and specific classroom modifications to adapt the requirements from middle school to senior high school. The project also required site improvements specific to the new location, such as increasing the capacity of the existing parking lot by an additional 17 parking spaces, connection to existing utilities away from the site, and improvements within the existing right-of-way.
Location: North Miami, Florida
Size: 32,000 sf