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  USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS)USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS)


The Beck Group (Beck Architecture, LLC)
220 West 7th Avenue, #200, Tampa, FL 33602

General Description

Location: Tampa, Florida
Date Bid: Dec 2010 Construction Period: Feb 2011 to Feb 2012
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 stud drywall.

Project Team

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 33605

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 retailers.

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 healthcare professionals.

Product Information
Brick: Endicott  High Pressure Laminate Panels: Abet Laminati
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: Rulon
Flooring: Revolution Mills Wood, InterfaceFlor, Bentley Prince Street, Johnsonite  VCT: Tarkett, Armstrong
Elevators: Otis  Lighting: Philips, Envision

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