When Charlotte High School sustained major damage from Hurricane Charley in 2004, school officials wanted to urgently provide a sense of normalcy in the student’s schedules. Harvard Jolly was commissioned immediately to begin assembling a modular campus that consisted of 80 portable classrooms for the school’s 2,100 students. During the recovery process, the majority of the high school campus had to be demolished due to the extensive hurricane damage.
However, the historic main building that was built in 1926 was reconstructed and preserved in order for it to remain on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The remaining buildings on the 325,000 SF campus integrated new construction with the existing buildings to provide a seamless and unified design.
Charlotte High School incorporates several sustainable features. The design resulted in reduced water consumption and improved indoor air quality. Photovoltaic panels generate electricity and double as walkway canopies, and thermal solar panels are used to create hot water for the locker rooms and kitchen. Charlotte High School is one of only two LEED Gold Certified high schools in Florida and one of only five in the United States.