Giving Back: Perkins Elementary Renovations

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With the help of amazing clients, dependable team-members, and great leadership, the WJA team made it through 2020 and completed one of the busiest years on record. With every success comes an opportunity for gratitude and a chance to pay it forward. This year we chose to donate our energy and resources to Perkins Elementary School by providing them with a newly renovated faculty lounge. In a true team effort – we were able to secure generous donations from The CI Group (furniture), The Blind and Shutter Gallery (window shading), J+J Flooring (carpeting), and Emilie Verbinnen (art and cabinetry).

Thank you to everyone involved in making this a successful project and special thanks to Principal, Jason Jensen and Interior Designer, Jovanka Somarriba, who secured the donations and coordinated installation and design. The lounge renovation was planned before COVID but the update was perfectly timed as the new furniture can be configured to promote distancing now and be changed in the future. We hope to expand the renovations in the new year with an outdoor eating space and new appliances. WJA is looking forward to what excitement 2021 has in store and wish all our friends and colleagues a happy holiday season.


Kids at two pinellas Schools kick of year in newly renovated facilities

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St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (August 24, 2015) – Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) brought two major school renovation projects to a close in time for the back-to-school kick-off this week.

At 2100 26th Avenue South, in what many regard as underserved neighborhoods of St. Petersburg, kids are stepping into the newly renovated Lake Maggiore YMCA Preschool Academy this week. A $2.3 million-dollar project, the academy will serve 120 students.

The facility houses eight oversized classrooms, a full-service teaching kitchen and a community garden available to nearby families. In addition to each room being outfitted with 21st century technology, connectivity and smart boards, WJA specifically designed the space with flexibility in mind because the rooms will double as adult learning areas for financial workshops, parenting courses and wellness classes.

Meanwhile up the street in Clearwater at St. Paul’s School, WJA transformed a 16,000 square feet existing structure that accommodates 150 students into a personalized learning community. Focusing on an open and flexible learning space, WJA consulted with and incorporated education design principles by Fielding Nair. The new design created a reoriented entry from the exterior courtyard, removed partitions, and opened interior and exterior views to increase interaction between students and staff; and to encourage the use of outdoor learning spaces.

“Our goal is to create environments that translate a vision and reflect a community. Delivering on basic structural and technology needs is of course important, and by focusing on holistic environments, we’re designing places where it’s safe and fun to learn. We want kids dragging mom or dad to school instead of pleading with kids to get them here each morning,” said architect (and parent) Jason Jensen.



C1 Bank Opens Headquarters in St. Pete

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C1 Bank relocated its headquarters from Lakewood Ranch to downtown St. Petersburg. The new headquarters has no offices, and is outfitted with interchangeable desks to maximize collaboration, speed of decision making and communication, said Trevor Burgess, C1 Bank CEO. The design, created by Wannemacher Jensen, drew inspiration from the headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jet Blue, Google and Facebook.

Read more about the project at the Tampa Business Journal.


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