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  Biscayne Commons Dormitory, Johnson & Wales UniversityBiscayne Commons Dormitory, Johnson & Wales University

Architect

Gallo Herbert Lebolo
1311 West Newport Center Drive, #A, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
www.ghlaia.com

General Description

Location: North Miami, Florida
Bid Date: Mar 2010 Construction Period: Mar 2010 to Jan 2011
Total Square Feet: 40,048 Site: 2.24 acres Number of Buildings: One
Building Size: First floor, 10,012; second floor, 10,012; each
additional floor (4 floors total), 10,012; total, 40,048 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 11’; second floor, 11’; each additional floor, 11’; floor to floor, 11’8”; total, 51’8”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Tilt-Up.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: Tilt-wall. Roof: Built-Up. Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Bryntesen Structural Engineers - 3045 N. Federal Highway, Building 80, Fort Lauderdale, 33306
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: JWR Construction Services, Inc. - 1311 West Newport Center Drive, #C, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Tilt-Wall: Woodland Construction Co., Inc. - 1562 Park Lane South, #100, Jupiter, FL 33458


In 2008 Johnson & Wales University was confronted with having to de-commission 205 beds in its Biscayne Commons Dormitory. The building which was the former Voyager Inn on Biscayne Boulevard and N.E. 123rd Street had been purchased and renovated by the University for conversion to student housing. Unfortunately, the condition of the building was going to require extensive renovation to be viable. JWR Construction along with Gallo Herbert Lebolo Architects, (GHL), the university's design and construction team performed feasibility and determined that the project would require six million dollars and three years to complete. The time schedule was driven by the fact that work had to be performed in two phases so that no one phase exceeded the 50% of value improvement rule thereby triggering complete conformance to current code. Conformance to Florida Building Code was not the issue but rather conformance to FEMA flood elevation would have rendered the entire structure unusable. This would mean that the University would have 105 beds on line in one year and the remaining 100 beds on line two years later. This was unacceptable.

JWR then proposed an alternative approach to the project. They challenged the design team to create a cost effective building that would house 200+ students that could be designed, approved, permitted and constructed in less than a twelve month time frame.

The time frame limitation dictated a building type that could be rapidly constructed and utilize materials and systems that are readily available. The design/build team chose to utilize a tilt wall and precast hollow core plank system for the shell of the building. This would allow the building shell to be rapidly erected and dried in so that the extensive interior work may begin.

The Architectural Design of the building reflects the clean and functional expression of the structure utilizing extensive glazing panels at key location to emphasize the vertical circulation elements of the building and to allow natural light to penetrate the common areas of the building. Tilt panel rustication and a deeper color were used at the first floor of the building to provide "a grounding of the building" and give it a more human scale while colored panels help to define a to layered tilt panels that emphasize the vertical nature of the building. A double loaded corridor scheme and multiple common area functions were utilized to promote student interaction and to promote a sense community within the building.

The completed design solution houses 92 two bed dorm units, 5 ADA units, 2 quad dorm units, a Residential Life Apartment, laundry facilities and common spaces consisting of lounges and computer labs.

The final product was built for 6.5 million dollars and delivered all 204 beds in 12 months which included design, permitting and construction. The additional half million dollars was more than offset by having all beds available year one. Additionally, the University has a brand new structure, energy efficient and designed to enhance student life.

Glazing the Biscayne Commons Dormitory
Flooding and extreme winds are always a concern in coastal areas in the Southeast region of the U.S. Consequently, the selection of the right glazing system is critical and often requires highly specialized solutions. Commercial glazing contractor and manufacturer Crawford Tracey Corporation is known for designing extremely high performance glazing systems that are capable of resisting water up to 100 psf. With the industry standard of 12 to 15 psf, Crawford Tracey products far exceed the norms.

For the Biscayne Commons Project, Crawford Tracy's ProTech 7SG and ProTech 45SG products where specified and installed to offer the highest level of protection from wind and water while still offering the desired glazing requirements of the project. The ProTech systems are ideally suited for the "tilt wall" construction used on the project, and provided a low maintenance, high water resistant package, with excellent energy performance and weather insulated. Unlike captured/and or thermally broken systems, the ProTech systems are designed to eliminate continuity between the internal and external components. This greatly reduces condensation and thermal conduction, setting the line apart from typical glazing products. For more information visit www.crawfordtracey.com.

Product Information
Roofing: Polyglass
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Crawford Tracey Corporation, ProTech 7SG and ProTech 45SG
Elevators: Thyssen Krupp

 

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