Ivy Hawn Charter School

Lake Helen, Florida

The Collage Companies completed the total conversion of an existing multi-story warehouse into a state-of-the-art school for the arts. The new spaces built for the school included classrooms and halls for dance, music, and visual art. There was also space created for science laboratories and other traditional school elements still required for the well-rounded educational experience and curriculum.

One of the greatest challenges was accommodating the issues relating to the existing structure – particularly the varying floor heights. For this reason, Collage developed and constructed an internal ramp system for students to utilize which would also accommodate ADA requirements.

Exterior improvements included extensive site work, the addition of a bus pick-up and drop-off lane, teacher parking areas, and a monumental steel canopy system to protect students from heavy, Florida rains.