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Institute for Food Safety - Phase II

The Institute for Food Safety’s new, single-story building will have three components: a commercial testing laboratory, academic laboratories, and offices. The program splits the plan into two halves designed around common and shared support areas. 

The concept includes positioning the academic labs immediately adjacent to the commercial labs, separated only by floor-to-ceiling glass panels. This feature will allow learners in the academic curriculum to have first-hand observation of a functioning lab. The commercial testing laboratory will have sample reception, sample processing, sample extraction, general chemistry labs, HPLC labs, molecular/microbiology labs, reagents/standards lab, and sensory labs. The academic teaching labs mirror the commercial side functions. The facility also includes a computer classroom for approximately 36 students, as well as a state-of-the-art large conference room for video teleconferences and presentations.

Permanent faculty offices for professors sit adjacent to the Institute for Food Safety director and staff offices. A central receiving room serves the entire building with mechanical and electrical rooms.

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USF Academic Research & Teaching Facility

Providing architectural and laboratory programming, planning, and design services, RS&H led the design team for this two-story Academic Research and Teaching Facility, which houses classrooms, seminar spaces, research laboratories, and teaching laboratories for the University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Marine Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences. The goal of the facility was to expand USF’s multidisciplinary teaching and research activities. The team also incorporated sustainable design elements with the goal of achieving, at minimum, LEED Gold Certification.

As the first phase of the 60,000-square-foot Science and Technology complex, this facility maximizes research and teaching spaces within the confines of the main campus. One block off Tampa Bay and one block from the Albert Whitted Airport, the facility combines the best of coastal design with the efficiencies of tight height restrictions to provide USF with effective site and space planning.

The teaching component of the facility includes two 60-person classrooms and six 48-person classrooms. Teaching laboratories accommodate splayed wall demonstration laboratories that easily combine both lecture and working laboratory functions. The teaching laboratories include one earth science lab, one general chemistry lab, and two general biology laboratories.
Understanding USF’s strong pursuit of research dollars, the team designed new research spaces to be flexible and easily modified for any changes that may occur on a regular basis. Accordingly, the team designed “modular” laboratories on an 11-foot by 11-foot grid, which can be adapted to multiple types of research use, with only minor up-fit revisions required.

The research laboratories contain four laboratories for marine science, as well as four arts and sciences laboratories. Support spaces include a study lounge, common glass wash, laboratory storage, and laboratory equipment areas.

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FPU Innovation, Science, & Technology Building

This 200,579-square-foot signature teaching and research facility is the first building of Florida Polytechnic University focused on enhancing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educated workforce. With the international design of Santiago Calatrava through an association with Alfonso Architects, RS&H provided laboratory programming and design services for this state-of-the-art facility.

The teaching and research laboratories host include subjects like biology, chemistry, physics, robotics, information technology, and wet and dry engineering. 

Integrating with the strict rhythm of the building’s structure, the laboratories utilize a hybrid of fixed and movable work stations to provide adaptability in teaching and research methods. Each room is equipped with flat screen monitors and interactive IT capabilities.

USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation

The University of South Florida (USF) Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) was developed based on a new concept for training surgeons on new techniques and surgical equipment. This advanced surgical training center, located in the heart of downtown Tampa adjacent to area hotels and the city’s convention center, is expected to attract surgeons and healthcare professionals from around the world. RS&H provided consultant services to the Beck Group focused on the programming and design of surgical training suites, support vivarium, and support laboratories.
The facility dedicates 55,000 square feet to surgical skill labs, operating suites, lecture halls, exhibition halls, an auditorium, robotics lab, virtual hospital/simulation center, research, and innovations lab. The facility also serves students in USF Health’s graduate biomedical degree programs with evening classes in a convenient downtown location. An additional 25,000 square feet accommodates offices, as well as general classroom and lecture areas.

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UF Health Science Building Center Student Dormitory

RS&H provided design services for the renovation of the University of Florida’s 55-year-old Health Science Building Center Student Dormitory, which RS&H originally designed in the 1950s. The new upgrades included energy-efficient features and other sustainable solutions leading to the building being one of the first in northeast Florida to achieve LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors (CI) Certification.

The building, which is part of Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, began remodeling in 2010. Careful planning was conducted to keep other areas of the building operational during construction without interrupting the poison control unit on the third floor or hospital security on the ground floor. The dorm reopened in October 2011 sporting a complete makeover.

Improvements included a new HVAC system that allows for more efficient individually temperature-controlled rooms, as well as occupancy-sensor lights and energy-efficient glazing throughout the building. The bathrooms were also upgraded with new hotel-like finishes using dual flush toilets and low-flow shower heads.

Upgraded finishes were also provided in the new student break rooms, computer study areas, and fitness areas. The finishes have greatly improved the students’ experience and quality of life while completing their residencies.

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Bartram Degree Completion Center

The Bartram Degree Completion Center in Jacksonville, Florida, is planned to be a two-story, 50,000-square-foot building with LEED Silver certification. It will be constructed as an Enhanced Hurricane Protection Area (EHPA) in accordance with the State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF). RS&H is providing architecture, engineering, interior design, laboratory planning and design, and landscape architecture services. The overall aesthetic of the building and the finishes are modern, sleek, and corporate in nature to appeal to students and corporate users. It also portrays the concepts that the center embodies.

The center features a variety of functional spaces that are designed to provide students the resources and training they need to succeed. A Student Success Center is located on the ground floor and contains advisors, the business office, and the Assessment and Testing Center. The building will also house six classroom areas and two hybrid laboratory areas. These spaces intermingle with multiple study pods allowing for individual study and group collaboration of students and staff.

The building also has a Campus Resource Center on the second floor and includes computer stations, additional study pods, and collaboration areas for adjunct faculty and ancillary administration. There are also several spaces on the ground floor that are available for use by the corporate community for training and seminars.

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Institute for Food Safety - Phase I

This project is an 8,000-square-foot collaboration between FSCJ and Eurofins to develop a program that provides academic instruction and practical experience to students of microbiology. The program consists of an analytical commercial testing laboratory focusing on microbiology and arranged in an open plan. Media prep and pathology labs are located along the space according to principles of process flow, and the adjacent academic labs are given generous views into the commercial testing laboratory.

The hub of the project is the Shared Resources Lab, which is utilized by both FSCJ and Eurofins. It houses the autoclaves, DI watering system, PCRs and additional lab support equipment that will be shared. The Shared Resources Lab concept seeks to provide academic students the opportunity for direct observation over a commercial testing lab in order to learn about techniques and applications that are critical within the food testing industry. A strong visual connection between the academic and commercial lab spaces facilitates passive or active observational learning while the shared lab facilities provide opportunities for interaction and collaboration between students and industry professionals.

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UF Health College of Pharmacy

On the first floor of the University of Florida’s (UF) Shands Tower II in Jacksonville, Florida, students in the College of Pharmacy now will find a vibrant and engaging space to study, gather, and collaborate. The renovation project, which RS&H provide architecture, interior design, and visualization services for, was divided into two zones. One area, the Student Center, offers students a variety of different study environments, such as lounge seating in the open area, café seating next to the kitchen, study pods, group study rooms, and a large quiet zone with more than 20 study carrels. Another area designed for administrative purpose provides three offices, a telecommunications conference room, and a collaborative office for PhD students.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology was used to promote enhanced coordination across project teams. The renovation in a busy medical office tower required coordinated construction strategies in order to minimize the project’s impact on the building’s tenants. One such strategy was to employ a separate ventilation system in the area of work to assure clean air for the rest of the building. The construction of the project was completed in accordance with UF Shands and UF Building Code Enforcement Policy, and the renovations were completed without interrupting the normal functions in the building.

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UF College of Engineering Renovations

RS&H provided architectural and structural planning and design services for the partial remodel of four floors of four separate buildings housing the University of Florida's (UF) College of Engineering. The buildings, which range in age from 30 to 40 years, include Nuclear Science, Benton Hall, Larsen Hall, and Weil Hall.

The project, which was completed without interrupting existing functions, included HVAC upgrades and the remodeling of existing spaces into wet and dry lab space. The laboratories consist of microfluidics labs, optical analysis labs, wet chemistry labs, and generic graduate research labs for engineering and multidisciplinary research. The team also designed renovations to classrooms, telecommunication closets, restrooms, and building halls. 

Asbestos abatement was required on each of the floors, and selective demolition was required in order to maintain existing functions. RS&H developed the entire project in BIM Revit.

The renovations also included numerous sustainable features that have led to LEED certifications for both Weil and Larsen Halls. Benton Hall has achieved Silver Certification. RS&H's effective coordination and open communication as project architect in this design-build effort with CPPI and UF leadership was essential to the team's success.