Research & Education Center Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida|
Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc.
4525 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
Location: Homestead, Florida
Date Bid: Mar 2012 Construction Period: Apr 2012 to Jan
Total Square Feet: 5,760 Site: 160 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 5,760; total, 5,760 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 20’2”; total, 20’2”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: CMU, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane, standing seam
metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 110.
Structural/Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Long & Associates
Architects/Engineers, Inc. - 4525 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
General Contractor: Pirtle Construction Company - 5700 Griffin
Road, #200, Davie, FL 33314
Construction Administration: Jorge A. Gutierrez Architect, LLC -
20801 Biscayne Boulevard, 4th Floor, Aventura, FL 33180
Civil Engineer: Ross Engineering, Inc. - 3325 S. University
Drive, #111, Davie, FL 33328
This project is a multi-phase campus master plan expansion of the
original 1929 Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS) facility
in Homestead, for the University of Florida.
Phase 1 is a new 5,760 gross square foot Lab Building housing Vegetable
Entomology, Fruit Crop Horticulture, Vegetable Crop Horticulture and Eco
Physiology with office and support space, designed to meet the 150/mph
Miami-Dade building Code. The single-story, hip-roof building form and
the load-bearing concrete masonry and steel framed construction were
selected to maximize hurricane-force wind resistance. The exterior
windows and the aluminum framed full height curtain wall system that
surrounds the entrance lobby contains impact rated glass. The entire
building including the structure, the mechanical, electrical and
plumbing systems, and the laboratory casework and equipment were
designed and coordinated in a comprehensive Building Information
Modeling (BIM) Revit(R) model.
The building houses four primary testing and research laboratories where
research is conducted in plant and food growth, water quality,
pesticides, fertilizers, and related tissue samples of various plant
species. Support spaces include a ventilated Fume Hood Room, offices,
break room and a Graduate Student area for research and documentation of
laboratory study results. A new chiller plant was sized to serve future
In addition to full A/E Services for the Lab design, this project
included a full survey and mapping of the master plan area including a
detailed exotic tree survey and arborist report. Road, parking lots and
stormwater management were included and master planned for future
The project has been submitted for a LEED(R) Certified rating through
the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable design strategies
implemented in this project include energy efficient mechanical systems,
low-flow plumbing fixtures, a reflective roofing system, and the
selection of renewable and low VOC building materials.
Future phases include a Versenergy Bio-Fuel Lab Building and a 100 seat
Gypsum: National Metal Roofing: Berridge Manufacturing
Flooring: Armstrong, Bentley Prince Street, DalTile Windows:
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America