JA World Huizenga Center, Broward College Construction Process

The 59,000 SF facility includes space for two 10,000 SF identical areas for the 5th grade “Biztown” programs and one 20,000 SF space for the 8th grade “Finance Park” program. It serves more than 50,000 students each year. There are extensive training rooms for the staff, volunteers and public events in addition to the Hall of Fame, administrative and auxiliary functions. The Biztown “streetscape interior” required a youthful fun environment which was created by Daddona Studios. The project was designed in close cooperation with the Stiles construction management team. The structural system incorporated a Tilt-wall design. Hirsch was the prime professional providing comprehensive architectural services through the design and construction process.

Lesson Leaned: Great projects are created by inspired teams.




Watch the sequence of steps from demolition to new guardhouse design. It is desirable for the architect to be part of the design-build team. The home owners association and general contractor worked hand and hand with the architect. The team approach results in a higher quality project. Residents were able to access the alternate entrance while the construction was in progress. The value of the homes in the community expect to increase in value. The design also has a positive public impact for the three decade old country club. This project architect Ken Hirsch provided the community amenity design in the early 1980’s. Hirsch knows that design styles change over the years. However there are some basic design concepts that never change; proportion, composition and detail. The architect’s skill is using the ingredients of form, function, materials and colors to fulfill the current architectural trends.

Lesson Learned: The money allocated for the guardhouse project will be an investment in the community and each home owners property value.

Create value with your additional

Post 105 – Personal Stories of an Architect’s Journey

Successful Addition

Build a new residence or plan an addition

Questions to ask: 1. Importance of existing location?. 2. Percentage of existing construction to remain?. 3. Area of new construction to be added?.

This residence in Boca Grove Country Club is an example where the existing location was preferred. The front elevation needed to look like a new residence and the additional area was added to the second floor which gives an appearance of a very large home.

Lesson Learned:

Have a professional help you evaluate the alternatives.

Front door. Create value with your additional
New foyer
Master shower. Create value with your additional
New master shower
Create value with your additional
Addition BEFORE

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Post 104 – Personal Stories of an Architect’s Journey

 Architecture with Vision

A surprising turn of events

Boca Grove, Clubhouse, architecture, rendering, Ken Hirsch Architect
Boca Grove Clubhouse Elevations as built

The color rendering of the Boca Grove Clubhouse illustrates the domed roof design concept. It was presented to the Canadian development partner and was rejected.  The alternative design with traditional hip roofs is the solution that was accepted.

Lesson learned:

Always have the decision maker involved in the initial design process.

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