PATRICK F. TAYLOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY, AVONDALE, LA
Services: Prime A/E design firm, Project Management, Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture
Client: Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS)
Perez designed this new high school to be an educational tool itself—with building systems exposed so that students can see how the structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems actually work. The school’s pedagogical objectives drove the design of the school, with classrooms organized into pods attached to a circulation spine anchored by the cafeteria. Each of the three pods (each one named for a famous scientist) is comprised of classrooms surrounding a multi-purpose ‘breakout’ space. The classrooms are for individual learning, while the multi-purpose spaces are for hands-on activities and group projects.