Christopher Columbus High School


Christopher Columbus High School retained SMDS to re-conceptualize four courtyards and an entry plaza, which were deteriorated and under-utilized. Our response called for opening the courtyards along the cloister hallways, inviting students to walk through the spaces rather than around them. Two courtyards worked as an open space connection to a new high school building at the east end of the campus. Canopy and flowering trees were planted in a grid to balanced, harmonious relationship with the formal geometry of the cloisters and courtyards.

Location: Miami, Florida
Client: Christopher Columbus High School
Project Cost: $250,000
Service: Site Master Planning, Schematic Design through Construction Phase
Architecture: Spillis Candela DMJM (Currently Aecom)
Landscape Architect: Savino & Miller Design Studio
Date: 2008