Commons Dormitory, Johnson & Wales University|
Gallo Herbert Lebolo
1311 West Newport Center Drive, #A, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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
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.
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
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
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Crawford Tracey Corporation,
ProTech 7SG and ProTech 45SG
Elevators: Thyssen Krupp