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  Tropical Research & Education Center Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences University of FloridaTropical Research & Education Center Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences University of Florida


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

General Description

Location: Homestead, Florida
Date Bid: Mar 2012 Construction Period: Apr 2012 to Jan 2013
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 drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 110.

Project Team

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 campus expansion.

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 expansion.

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 Conference Center.

Product Information
Gypsum: National Metal Roofing: Berridge Manufacturing Company
Flooring: Armstrong, Bentley Prince Street, DalTile Windows: Sola-A-Trol
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America Lighting: Columbia

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