2018 Architectural Showcase Winner


Dr. Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy


During the Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association, Inc. (FEFPA) 2018 Winter Conference held January 31st through February 2nd, Dr. Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy was announced 2018 Architectural Showcase Winner, under the Middle Schools category.

Thornton Construction proudly completed the construction of this new two-story K-8 school together with Zyscovich Architects. Entries were evaluated based on the following criteria: Innovative Response to Educational Program; Aesthetics and Use of Materials; Flexibility for Community Use; Technology Provisions; Green Design; Relationship of Spaces and Expandability; and Site Development.

The new Dr. Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy officially opened its doors for the 2017-2018 school year. Built on a green site, it features 37 classrooms, multiple offices, media center, music, arts, language, and discovery labs, and a dining/multi-purpose area. Two basketball/volleyball courts, two playfields, a PE shelter, and a total of 62-parking spaces were also part of the project scope. This school was funded under the county’s General Obligation Bond (GOB) program, and serves as a prototype for other Miami-Dade County Public School facilities.