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  Pinellas County Health Department Mid-County CenterPinellas County Health Department Mid-County Center

Architect, Structural Engineer & MEP Engineer
Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc.
4525 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611

General Description

Location: Largo, Florida
Date Bid: Oct 2010 Construction Period: Dec 2010 to Mar 2012
Total Square Feet: 54,965 Site: 4.74 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two.
Building Size: First floor, 39,825; second floor, 15,140; total, 54,965 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10’6”; second floor, 10’3”; total, 20’9”.
Basic Construction Type: Adaptive Reuse.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Built-up, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usuage: KBTU/SF/yr: 44.5.

Construction Team

General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Peter R. Brown Construction - 13830 58th Street North, #401, Clearwater, FL 33760
Civil Engineer: Hamilton Engineering & Survey, Inc. - 311 North Newport Avenue, #100, Tampa, FL 33606
Landscape Architect: Anderson Lesniak Limited, Inc. - 4921 South Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33611

Long & Associates undertook the redevelopment of an urban brownfield site and abandoned office/warehouse building, creating a vibrant and inviting public health services facility for Central Pinellas County. Building forms, entry features, façade details, and the vibrant color scheme reflect the character, environment and culture of local communities. The playful nature of the design is an expression of the facility's focus on providing care to infants and children, evoking images of Florida's entertainment parks and beachfront architecture.

The program called for 6 discreet but interrelated departments for specialty clinics and public health services, and 6 administrative support departments, to be organized efficiently around a clear and effective wayfinding system. The project provides:

- Primary Care Clinic
- Diagnostic Lab
- Dental Clinic
- 5-Chair Operatory Suite
- Counseling And Program Services
       - Prenatal Health
       - Early Childhood Health
       - Healthy Families
- Public Environmental Health

The height of the existing warehouse structure allowed for the expansion of second floor space to help accommodate the 54,000 gross square feet needed for the program. The project also takes advantage of the existing height to create grand public spaces and bring daylight deep into the building. Large interior volumes, high ceilings, sloped and undulating surfaces, and acoustical treatments help diffuse the sound of the many clients using the facility daily.

A new separate facility was designed to house a public education conference center and to provide a visual and functional anchor for the restructured site circulation system. The curved roof of this building is clad in blue standing seam metal panels over a bituminous membrane secondary water barrier. The form evolved from the pattern of the walkway canopy structure.

The wave line expression of the walkway element is central to the building's public image and is derived from the logo of the Florida Department of Health, which supports the facility. The canopy system is composed of a custom fabricated steel structure and preformed metal roof panels. Exposed steel is finished with a high-performance shop-applied paint system.

The existing steel structure of the 30-year-old building was augmented and upgraded to meet current Florida Building Code requirements for hurricane survivability. New exterior masonry walls provide wind and impact resistance as well as an increase in thermal performance. The existing low-slope roof structure was supplemented with new purlins, and the existing metal roof deck was fully replaced. Use of highly durable materials, low maintenance finish systems and a multi-ply bituminous roof membrane provide the Owner with a long life building at a relatively low first cost.

Development of multiple design solutions and program organization options using REVIT software for Building Information Modeling was critical to the success of the process. An interactive 3D presentation and review process fostered clear visualization and understanding of the project among the many doctors, clinicians, and administrators responsible for the operation of the new facility.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Cherokee Brick, Cemex Masonry, Pittsburgh Corning
Drywall: US Gypsum
Acoustical: Armstrong
Built Up Roofing: GAF
Metal: Berridge Manufacturing
Flooring: Armstrong, J & J Industries, DalTile
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America
Skylights: Super Sky

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