This 137,000-sq.-ft. Lab/Classroom Complex provides the University with advanced research labs, a 10,000 sq. ft. transgenic space, BSL2 labs, flexible research space, study rooms for graduate students, offices, and faculty/student gathering spaces that promotes collaborative work.
The project is a 6-story, cast-in-place concrete frame with PSI joist system; exterior skin consisting of architectural precast, curtainwall, punched openings, metal panels; and stucco/paint or other architectural finish system. The interior consists of classrooms, common areas and built-out wet and dry lab space. Other trades including miscellaneous metals, architectural woodwork and cabinetry, caulking and waterproofing, roofing, doors/frames/hardware, overhead doors, interior glazing assemblies and storefront, drywall assemblies and insulation, tile, carpet, resilient and sheet vinyl flooring, epoxy coatings, terrazzo flooring, acoustical ceilings, paint, acoustical wall panels, Division 10 Specialties, laboratory equipment and casework, elevators, and MEP/FP systems.
This was the first project on the FIU campus to fully incorporate building information modeling (BIM). The team leveraged BIM not just for mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) coordination and clash detection, but also to improve the field processes. After fully modeling all MEP systems, the team used Trimble technology and Get the Point (GTP) Total Station Solution to lay out all the insertion points and penetrations.
The building is targeting LEED® Gold Certification and will be a combination of pre-cast with varying window openings and curtain wall of impact low emissivity glazing.