Image Courtesy: John Gamble Photography
Image Courtesy: John Gamble Photography
Image Courtesy: John Gamble Photography

Highland Recreation Complex

45,480 FT2
Largo, FL, USA
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing / Technology / Energy Services / Life Safety and Fire Protection

AIA Tampa Bay, Merit Award for Institutional Architecture, 2013

AIA Tampa Bay, H. Dean Rowe Award for Design Excellence, 2012

Tampa Bay Regional, Planning Council, Future of the Region Award, 2012

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The three-story building includes a high bay playworld with padded walls and play equipment, including a corkscrew slide. The facility includes a preschool, two basketball courts, fitness center, locker and party rooms, elevated running track, and administrative spaces. An extensive pool area and splash park, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, beach volleyball court and multipurpose field.


In line with TLC’s pledge to the AIA 2030 Commitment, the overall building design achieves a calculated Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 25 kBtu/sf/year. An average building of this type has an EUI of 65, thus the team exceeded the goal of a 60% reduction. We engineered the center to operate efficiently; the design achieved a lighting power density that was just 80% of that allowed by ASHRAE 90.1-2007, while being well-lit.