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  Florida Atlantic University, College of Engineering, Banquet Hall and Food Service VenueFlorida Atlantic University, College of Engineering, Banquet Hall and Food Service Venue


Gallo Herbert Lebolo
1311 West Newport Center Drive, #A, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

General Description

Location: Boca Raton, Florida
LEED® Platinum Pending
Date Bid: Feb 2010  Construction Period: Mar 2010 to Oct 2010
Total Square Feet: 9,000 Site:Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 4,800; second floor, 4,200;
total, 9,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 18’; second floor, 14’; total, 30’9”.
Basic Construction Type: Tenant Build Out Foundation: n/a. Exterior Walls: n/a. Roof: n/a. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Bryntesen Structural Engineers - 3045 N. Federal Hwy, Bldg. 80, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: James A. Cummings, Inc. - 3575 N.W. 53rd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Kamm Consulting, Inc. - 1407 W. Newport Center Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Food Service: D.E.I. Food Service Equipment & Design - 3908 North 29th Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33020

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) required a food-service venue and banquet hall to accommodate the needs of alumni, students and the community. To meet the program requirements, the architect designed a two-story, 8,809-square-foot interior build-out inside the four-story College of Engineering building.

Situated on the first floor are Outtakes, a high-end food retailer; Chick-N-Grill, a restaurant; and a dining area. On the second floor, the architect designed a banquet hall with a multipurpose kitchen to accommodate different events such as faculty dinners, on-campus catering, weddings and seminars. Because of the unique character and design elements used, the space can be used separately or together depending on an event’s requirements.

To tie into FAU’s goal of certifying the College of Engineering as a LEED platinum building, the architect created an organic space with free-flowing forms, which enable the user to experience the space in a natural and timeless manner. The use of environmentally sensitive materials and striking daylight techniques create a strong connection with the exterior environment. 


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