DPR Construction and The Weitz Company joined together as a joint venture to build The Scripps Florida Project. This state-of-the-art biomedical research facility and corporate campus sits adjacent to Florida Atlantic University on 30 acres of previously undeveloped land just east of I-95 in Jupiter, Florida.
The project is comprised of three buildings totaling 351,803 sq. ft. of biomedical research facilities and associated sitework, conference, administrative and ancillary components. All three buildings have an abundance of laboratory casework, fume hoods, cold rooms, and glassware washing equipment for basic biomedical science, drug discovery and technology development.
The research buildings are three-story concrete structures with a cladding of stucco, metal panels, and window systems. The administrative building has a four-story office element and a single story auditorium. The campus includes both BSL-2 and BSL-3 lab spaces, along with a small animal vivarium. As Construction Manager, Weitz-DPR worked closely with other team members during the preconstruction planning phases, which spanned two years, prior to commencing work in the field in October 2006.
The team turned over the first building 45 days early, and the second two buildings in November, also ahead of the December completion date.