County Health Department Mid-County Center|
Architect, Structural Engineer & MEP
Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc.
4525 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
Location: Largo, Florida
Date Bid: Oct 2010 Construction Period: Dec 2010 to Mar
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,
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.
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
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.
Building Envelope: Cherokee Brick, Cemex Masonry, Pittsburgh Corning
Drywall: US Gypsum
Built Up Roofing: GAF
Metal: Berridge Manufacturing
Flooring: Armstrong, J & J Industries, DalTile
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America
Skylights: Super Sky