Patriot Elementary and Challenger Middle
Public Schools

Patriot Elementary
& Challenger Middle

Project Details

  • Client
    School District of Lee County
  • Location
    624 Trafalgar Parkway, Cape Coral, FL
  • Year
    2008
  • Size
    Elementary School - 122,244 sf
    Middle School - 159,591 sf

The Challenge

The School Board initiated a $50 million multi-phase construction for a newly developed 122,244 sf elementary school and a 159,591 sf middle school on a selected 27.6 acre site, on Trafalgar Boulevard in the City of Cape Coral. Lee County School District was under pressure to provide multiple new facilities to help manage the growth of the education needs of the county and needed to complete construction in a timely fashion and within budget, under the scrutiny of the county board as well as the public eye.

From a public relations perspective, due to single family residences on all sides of the project, the new build needed to be completed seamlessly. Also, as additional challenges, this project required negotiations for land rezoning within the City of Cape Coral as well as redesigning the existing road for roadway improvements.

01 - Aerial Photograph of the whole School Property

02 - Patriot Elementary & Challenger Middle Aerial

The Solution & Result

Comprehensive Site Planning, Zoning, Permitting, Civil Design and Construction Observation/Inspections

Exceptional Engineering’s historical roster of previous construction projects for the county’s school district, showed their expertise in managing the plan, design and permitting for educational facilities. The project management team of Exceptional Engineering was awarded the lead engineering consultant role to manage all aspects including: site design, utility design, drainage design, roadway improvements design, site permitting through City of Cape Coral, rezoning property through City of Coral, City of Cape Coral Utility Permitting, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Sewer Permitting, Lee County Department of Health (LCDOH) potable water permitting, and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) ERP permitting.

A successful working relationship with the builders allowed for the construction observations to complete smoothly for both the elementary and middle school buildings. The project was completed on time in 2008 and the City of Cape Coral now boasts a beautiful multi-building campus, complete with a new road, widening turn lanes, ample parking, pleasant landscaping and code compliant drainage to prevent any flooding. School is now in for session.

  • Patriot Elementary & Challenger Middle Under Construction

    Patriot Elementary & Challenger Middle Under Construction

  • Patriot Elementary & Challenger Middle Under Construction Aerial Profile

    Patriot Elementary & Challenger Middle Under Construction Aerial Profile

  • Patriot Elementary & Challenger Middle Under Construction Aerial Profile

    Patriot Elementary & Challenger Middle Under Construction Aerial Profile

    Patriot Elementary & Challenger Middle Aerial Hero

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