In 2004, Hurricane Charley made landfall over Port Charlotte, Florida, with winds of 150 mph. This made it the strongest storm to hit the US since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. DMS assisted Charlotte County Public Schools with damage assessments, resulting in the determination that 90 school buildings were significantly damaged and 6 campuses were more than 50% damaged, thus qualifying them for replacement. FEMA agreed. CCPS recovered over $200 million from FEMA and insurance. $95 million was allocated for the replacement of Charlotte High School. The 3 story school was a historic landmark that needed to be preserved. The recovery plan incorporated conservation of the building’s façade, while replacing the interior. The remainder of the campus was designed and built around the main building’s neoclassical style.
Ms. Roseann K. Samson, Ed.D.,
Charlotte County Public Schools, FL