HOBE SOUND, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — The Pine School announced today, two years after consolidating all grades to its Hobe Sound Campus, that it has commissioned Hughes Umbanhowar Architects to design a campus expansion. The scope of the project includes the design and construction of a LEEDS-compliant, multi-purpose building, and will include new gymnasium and theatre spaces as well as band and choir rooms.

The Pine School Selects Hughes Umbanhower
The project will also include construction of additional outdoor athletic seating, improvements to the School’s outdoor athletic fields, and evaluation and changes to optimize campus traffic flows. Hughes Umbanhowar Architects has a long history of working with the Pine School, having designed the original upper campus, which was completed in 2008.

“Hughes Umbanhowar Architects, and Scott Hughes in particular, has been a great partner throughout the School’s expansion in Hobe Sound,” said Phyllis Parker, Head of School. “They’ve previously shown us a tremendous ability to handle the scope of this project in an efficient and timely manner, and we look forward to working with them on this phase of the School’s growth. Of course, none of this would be possible without the incredible support and generosity of our parents, alumni, and friends.”

The Pine School has served as Martin County’s only independent Kindergarten through Grade 12 college-prep day school since 1969. The School’s relationship-based education has consistently returned SAT & ACT scores higher than National and State averages and 100% of all graduating classes earning acceptances to some of the Nation’s finest colleges and universities (with an impressive 92% attending their first-choice schools).

In addition to challenging academics which are uniquely documented through individualized digital portfolios, the School offers competitive athletics (with multiple students celebrating signings to Division I schools each year) and inspiring arts (with honors being bestowed county and statewide). All of this is is provided on a beautiful 142-acre campus (the largest of any school in Martin County) which serves as a living classroom promoting ecological and sustainability awareness.

Hughes Umbanhowar Architects ( and its principals, Scott Hughes and John Umbanhower, have offices in Hobe Sound, Florida and Los Angeles. The Firm, recipient of over 30 design excellence awards, specializes in buildings, objects and planning for residential and institutional clients throughout the United States and abroad. The Firm excels in incorporating state-of-the-art materials and technology into practical and unique solutions benefiting their clients and the broader community. Their new monograph “21 Projects”, published by Design Media Publishing, will be available in early May through Amazon.

Robert Ankrom, Director of Communications /