Floor plan of new cafeteria on left; before picture above right; finished after photo on right bottom
Cafeteria Addition and Remodeling by Miami Architects
This cafeteria was originally built in the 1940's. It was designed to serve one elementary school. However, the school board now wanted to merge Fisher and Fienberg so the cafeteria had to be enlarged to serve double the population.
It was a complicated addition. The cafeteria equipment which was to be reused after the addition and remodeling had to be stored until the construction was completed. The addition was to be on piles and there was an existing electrical ductbank where the addition was to be built. The FPL vault had to be expanded and the ductbank relocated. The entire facility had to be reconfigured. Movable partitions divided the space into smaller areas. The new roof had to match the existing roof. The entrance had to be handicap accessible. The electrical and plumbing lines had to be upgraded and relocated. Once the facility was built, all the old equipment that had been saved as well as the new equipment had to be installed.
The entire design had to be approved by the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board as well as the Florida Department of State, Division of Historic Resources.
"Overall, we find your proposal very sensitive to the historic character of the existing buildings..." Florida Department of State, Division of Historic Resources