and, with moveable seating and walls, it can be converted to
a space that can hold a large number of people for a variety
of uses, including teacher training and community events,
Hensley says. Student assignment and human resources will
be on the ground Áoor, making those two departments easily
accessible by visitors.
7he top Áoor will be home to the district’s television station
and other offices. 7he second Áoor will contain offices and the
information technology department.
“It is designed to support versatility in the use of spaces for
professional development, student assignment operations,
school board, parent and community meetings, in addition
to collaborative work space for the departments that are currently
displaced throughout the county,” 3adrick explains.
Putting a new administration building west of St. Lucie
West, in an unincorporated part of the county, may seem way
out of the way to many people.
%ut with Interstate within a stone’s throw of the building,
“It will be easy to find us,” +ensley says. “:e’ll be
right off I.” 7hey’ll be two exits north of 7radition, one
exit south of Midway 5oad and two exits south of their old
headTuarters at 2range %lossom %usiness 3ark. )rom 8.S. ,
motorists can go west on Prima Vista-St. Lucie West Boulevard,
or &rosstown 3arkway.
The choice to buy a parcel and construct a new building
was a good one, school district senior manager John Gillette
told school board members during a November meeting. “We
looked at choosing a site we already owned, but this way we
are not using existing school sites we may need in the future
The elevation is higher than it needs to be to avoid another
Áooding disaster in the future, he noted.
$ study by the county’s 7ransportation 3lanning 2rganiation
showed that within the next years it will be almost
in the exact center of the populated part of St. /ucie &ounty.
Currently there are plans to build many thousands of homes
west of Tradition, a master-planned development not far >>
16 Port St. Lucie Magazine
NEW ST. LUCIE COUNTY
SCHOOL DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS
Location: 12 acres just west of Interstate 95 at the St. Lucie
West and PGA Village exit
Address: 9461 Brandywine Lane, Port St. Lucie
Cost: $22.8 million
Funding: Insurance proceeds, sales tax receipts, future
Orange )lossoT offices sale proceeds
Size: 111,000 square feet in three stories
Date approved by board: Dec. 12, 2017
Groundbreaking: Sept. 25, 2018
Expected completion: August 2019
Architect: Donadio & Associates Architect PA, Vero Beach
Update to school board on construction plans: https://
Current city population: 189,000
Source: St. Lucie County School District