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FAU to Dedicate FAU High Classroom Building

BOCA RATON, FL (November 22, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University will dedicate its new FAU High School classroom building on Tuesday, November 23 at 11 a.m. at A.D. Henderson University School/FAU High School, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. 

The new facility is designed and built to U.S. Green Building Council LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold level standards. It will be used to house middle and high school students in innovative, diverse learning spaces.  

“The new building represents an innovative model to construct learning spaces, organize instruction, as well as integrate curriculum and team faculty to foster more effective ways for students to learn,” said Glenn Thomas, assistant dean of FAU’s pre-K -12th  schools and programs. “The student-faculty learning communities will be apparent and flexible.” 

Along with Thomas, FAU President Mary Jane Saunders also will speak at the event, which will be followed by a Thanksgiving concert showcasing A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School students.

The 16,000-square-foot building will be used for project work, labs and lectures, with specific subject areas focusing on science, art, music and movement. The structure of the building is designed to complement the existing campus, and consists of seven studios, project space designated for co-op learning, two lecture rooms, a music lab and a multimedia study area. There also is a patio designed for science and art, as well as an outdoor theater space.  The entire building is wireless, uses a variety of multimedia technologies and promotes visual supervision.  It employs a wide variety of multimedia devices, including laptops, flat tables rather than desks, and wheeled chairs to multipurpose the “flex space.” 

Building features that  support LEED certification include cisterns to capture rainwater for irrigation and toilet use; native landscaping used to reduce need for water; concrete used around the building to reduce the heat island effect; and large windows and an open floor plan to allow for natural daylight in the building. During construction, temporary air conditioning was used to keep permanent duct work clean, workers could not eat or drink inside the building, recycled materials were used when possible, and construction waste was recycled.  The building was designed by Zyscovich Architects and built by Pirtle Construction.

FAU High School is an exemplary public school governed by FAU. Featured in U.S. News & World Report among the best high schools in the nation, this highly selective program serves as an intensive dual enrollment prototype in which students beginning in grade 9 earn high school credits and university course hours as provided in Florida statutes. There is no charge for university tuition, lab fees or books. In addition to a rigorous academic opportunity, FAU High School provides a broad athletic program, supports a variety of clubs, encourages service learning, and competes in state and national academic contests.


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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit

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