Neil Armstrong Elementary
2210 Breezeswept Ave.
Port Charlotte, Fl 33952
Neil Armstrong Elementary is
the second completed hurricane replacement school. Six schools were destroyed in the aftermath
of the August 13, 2004 Hurricane Charley.
Peace River Elementary School, East
Elementary School, Punta Gorda Middle School and Charlotte High School
are all in the process of being rebuilt.
Baker Center opened on August 13, 2007 and was
the first completed hurricane replacement school.
Neil Armstrong Elementary School originally opened its doors to the Port Charlotte community in 1971. Neil
School was destroyed August 13, 2004 by Hurricane
Charley. At the time, it consisted of
approximately 80,000 sq. ft. of facility space including many portables that
served as classrooms.
After the hurricane, Neil Armstrong
Elementary School students attended
classes in a split shift arrangement on the campus of Liberty
Elementary School from August 30, 2004
until April 18, 2005, when Neil Armstrong students moved into a temporary
modular school on the grounds of Port
Charlotte Middle School.
October 10, 2007 marks the
opening of the newly completed Neil Armstrong Elementary School
at 22100Breezeswept Avenue, Port
Charlotte, Florida. The eleven acre site now houses a new two
story 112,000 square foot replacement school designed by Reynolds, Smith and
Hills, Inc. Architects and constructed
by Owen Ames Kimball Construction. School District, insurance and Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) funds paid for the $22,838,758 newly constructed
school. Students began classes in the
new school on October 24, 2007.
The Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design,
construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. Neil
School is the second school in the Charlotte County
District that was built with the goal in mind of
being LEED sensitive and possibly LEED certified. LEED provides a rating system by which a
building can officially be deemed a “green” building. For further information, see United States Green
Building Council at www.usgbc.org
(2006). LEED promotes a whole-building
approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in the following five key
Sustainable Site Development
Indoor Environmental Quality
LEED certification is
entirely voluntary, and when certification is sought, the entire design and
construction process is monitored by a third party inspector. (United
States Green Building Council 2206) The application process is lengthy and
certification results will not be know for possibly
several months after the application
Neil Armstrong Elementary School embraces LEED features such as energy efficient
chillers and air handlers, motion activated lights, tinted windows, indirect
lighting, exterior parking lot lighting with perimeter light concentration, low
water flow sinks and low water flow toilets.
All paint, primers and glue
products used in construction are low volatile organic compounds (VOC). Recyclable/renewable products used are
ceiling tiles, vinyl floor tiles, carpeting, steel structure, and concrete, all
filters for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. All wood products were U.S. Certified to have
been harvested from tree farms and not forests.
Additionally, the LEED
program requires specially placed, close in parking for hybrid parking spaces
and car pooling parking spaces.
Other features of Neil Armstrong
Elementary School not
related to LEED, include interactive teaching boards, digital cameras, audio
enhanced sound system, height adjustable writing boards, security camera system
and hurricane resistant glass windows.
Square Feet: 112,000
Classrooms/Lab rooms: 47
Total seating: 904
Parking spaces: 155
Security cameras: 50
Groundbreaking Oct. 11, 2006
Open House: Oct. 10, 2007
Children moved in: Oct. 24, 2007