Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS)|
The Beck Group (Beck Architecture, LLC)
220 West 7th Avenue, #200, Tampa, FL 33602
Location: Tampa, Florida
Date Bid: Dec 2010 Construction Period: Feb 2011 to Feb
Total Square Feet: 97,562 Site: 1.25 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 31,943; second floor, 30,157; third
floor, 28,192; penthouse, 7,270; total, 97,562 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 2'; second floor, 20'; each
additional floor, 16'; penthouse, 8'; total, 58'.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade, vibro
replacement soil stabilization. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain
wall, high-pressure laminate panels, precast. Roof: Built-up,
membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal
Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc. - 201
East Kennedy Boulevard, #300, Tampa, FL 33602
Construction Manager & Cost Estimator: The Beck Group (HCBeck,
Ltd.) - 220 West 7th Avenue, #200, Tampa, FL 33602
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Affliliated Engineers, Inc. -
777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, #450, Tampa, FL 33602
Civil Engineers: Stantec - 2205 North 20th Street, Tampa, FL
Completed in only 13 months from the time USF released Beck to begin
design to the grand opening in March 2012, CAMLS is a major economic
driver for the downtown corridor of Tampa. Expected to draw more than
30,000 health professionals each year to Tampa, CAMLS will generate
nearly $6 million a year for the city through new business and jobs,
while also increasing traffic to downtown hotels, restaurants and
The building includes over 13,000 square feet of architecturally
finished cast-in-place concrete. Concrete wall pour operations were
closely managed to ensure consistency in the field. The seven-degree
lean to the building's west face creates an architectural feature and
adds square footage to the floor above. Perforated metal panel screens
wrap the exterior of the building, serving as a sun screen over the
south, east and west glass curtain wall. The exterior metal panels have
three different sizes of perforations that help to create both dynamic
lighting conditions on the interior and an active exterior elevation.
Because CAMLS sits within the Franklin Street District, Tampa's highly
active pedestrian-friendly corridor, the first 20 feet of the building
along the Franklin Street was required to include retail, personal
service or public facility uses. In addition, 12 percent of the site had
to be dedicated to public open space.
This gave Beck the opportunity to create a two-story enclosed public
space in the form of a lobby. The 4,300-square-foot lobby, designed to
resemble an atrium, has an exterior glass curtain wall, staircase with
glass infill panels, café and reception, and lounge areas where an
electronic message board display the schedule for events and training
sessions. The space also provides a display area for public art.
CAMLS is certified as a LEED(R) Silver building. Sustainable materials
were selected from local, renewable, recycled or recyclable sources with
the exterior perforated metal panel screens manufactured by McNichols, a
local Tampa company. Glazing is insulated, and low-E filtered. Staff
workspaces are lit with natural light with views to the exterior, except
for those requiring special security.
Beck dedicated a full-time team member to oversee the high level of
coordination needed for the large amount of sophisticated medical
equipment to be installed. CAMLS holds one of the largest collections of
Stryker medical equipment in the U.S. Additionally, Beck worked with the
Philips' European design team to develop the first system in the U.S.
that incorporates elements needed for both the ambient surgical lighting
and the C-Arm technologies within a hybrid catheterization lab.
Even before opening its doors, CAMLS was accredited by the American
College of Surgeons and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and had
earned 16 national accreditations for its continuing education programs.
CAMLS is a gem for downtown Tampa and is turning the city into a
one-of-a-kind worldwide hub for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other
Brick: Endicott High Pressure Laminate Panels: Abet
Stucco: STO Perforated Metal Panels: McNichols
Roofing: Soprastar FM White Capsheet by Soprema
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Glazing: Viracon Gypsum Board: National
Acoustical Ceilings: Armstrong Wood Ceilings & Walls:
Flooring: Revolution Mills Wood, InterfaceFlor, Bentley Prince
Street, Johnsonite VCT: Tarkett, Armstrong
Elevators: Otis Lighting: Philips, Envision