jmp's extraordinary ability to adapt to the practical (and cultural) demands of overseas commissions and John McAslan's own admiration for the work of Frank Lloyd Wright are both reflected in the ongoing project to remodel the landmark campus at fsc. This is a late Wright work (built 1938-58), containing the greatest concentration of the master's work anywhere. The story of Wright's involvement is extraordinary in itself. He was brought in by the ambitious principal, Ludd Spivey, who involved many of the students in a self-build operation to create the campus. There are long-standing problems of repair and maintenance, which are at least partly attributable to the construction history. The buildings also lack modern services, including the air-conditioning that is standard in steamy Florida. McAslan's work at fsc, beginning in 1993, was initially a matter of research and analysis. A strategy for repairing the existing buildings and for future growth was produced. McAslan finds the us approach to the repair of historic buildings, with its stress on embracing change and prolonging effective life and performance, more congenial than the preservation-oriented outlook prevalent in the uk. The $10 million remodelling of the 1958 Polk County Science Building, with Arup's New York office as engineer and Earl Walls, of San Diego, as laboratory planner, provides bold interventions to reuse this redundant teaching facility. The phased work is due for completion by 2001.
Client: Florida Southern College
Architect: John McAslan and Partners, Adam Brown, Martin Harris, John McAslan, Matt Williams, Roger Wu
Multi-disciplinary engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
Laboratory Planner: Earl Walls
Executive Architect: Lunz & Associates
General Contractor (Polk County Science Building): Kvaerner
Area: 6,000 m2 (PCSB)