New plans for a great old school!


After much community debate over what to do with the building badly in need of repair, an outcome has emerged that shows what can be done with an eye to the future and an appreciation for the past.

Architect Javi Suarez of the ADP Group, took the guests on a virtual tour of what will become the Sarasota Museum of Modern (SMOA) Art and the Ringling College of Art – Visual Arts Education Center (VAEC).

With the locally beloved and highly recognizable façade of SHS remaining intact, a modern, functional building will evolve within and behind the original building. The three-story glass tower with multiple viewing areas above and below the three stories within will encompass both students and museum visitors. The beautiful arched lobby of the original building will remain as the entry for both students and museum visitors. SMOA will be located on the second floor and will include areas for viewing the working students on the first and third floors. The Ringling College students will also be able to see into the museum.

SMOA will be Sarasota’s first museum of modern art. This inspired partnership will be able to merge both artist and the audience, and the building will be able to showcase both.

Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. is proud to have been selected as the Construction Manager for this project and to be part of the effort to save Sarasota High School and give it a new and worthwhile future.