RS&H provided architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and communications design, along with permitting services for the Design-Build for a two-building aero-seat manufacturing campus. This includes two buildings – a 35,000-square-foot building, housing all aspects of the production process, including oversight; and an adjacent 15,000-square-foot building which serves as an administrative facility.
The manufacturing building is comprised of a shop floor for production operations for manufacturing and engineering, management offices, conference rooms, shipping and receiving area with loading dock, quality labs, restrooms, reproduction rooms, and the main lobby. The administrative building contains a reception lobby, HR and executive offices, executive conference room, several general conference rooms, flex offices, warming kitchen, open-office cubicle space for administrative staff, and restrooms.
Both buildings are constructed of load-bearing tilt-up wall panels. They also feature storefronts and facades with cantilevered tilt-up panels and a cantilevered canopy overhang. With extensive coordination and energy modeling, we were able to incorporate energy efficient elements, eliminating exterior wall insulation on the tilt wall construction, which is normally a part of the prescriptive requirements of design based on the Florida Energy Conservation Code. This design approach provided a more durable interior surface for the manufacturing area of the building while saving on construction costs. The buildings also contains office space, quality lab, and a loading dock.
Some of the design challenges involved in this project included accommodating future expansion adjacent to the new Production building, meeting a very short schedule, and addressing a complicated storefront opening. Building Information Modeling technology was utilized to resolve system conflicts early in the design process.