Education - K-12
Avalon Center for Technical Excellence
Orange County Public Schools
The Avalon Center for Technical Excellence is a new $12 million public high school for the Orange County School district. The high tech center that serves as a trade school consists of a 65,000 square foot, two-story tilt-up wall structure. Large rectangle and oval windows in precast panels are used throughout the building. In addition, a two-story oval shaped portico covers the front courtyard along with masonry construction on the curved entrance to the building. Also included are a chiller plant, and an extensive site work/civil package valued in excess of $2 million.
Students who attend this school have the opportunity to acquire skills in nursing, communication media and cosmetology. Therefore, the building accommodates each curriculum. The first floor consists of classrooms, science and chemistry labs, and a media center. The second floor houses both a healthcare and medical science center including patient rooms, nurse’s stations, a pharmacy and computer science labs.
Doster's scope of work as general contractor involved masonry, structural steel, roofing, interior finishes, window and door installation, elevator, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, communications, site improvements, and landscaping. A fast track project, the intended schedule on Avalon was only seven months. Doster overcame obstacles such as permitting delays and utility delays while maintaining the rigorous schedule. Doster had to protect an on site conservation easement as well by following the strict guidelines set by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Agency and the St. Johns Water Management District.
This project was an Associated Builders and Contractors Alabama Chapter Merit award winner in 2007.