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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.

M2Gen Cancer Research Building

RS&H provided architectural and laboratory programming, planning, and design services for this four-story, 100,000-square-foot cancer research building designed to enable M2Gen to develop personalized cancer treatments for patients using advanced molecular technology. As a partnership between Moffit Cancer Research and Merck & Co., M2Gen researchers will collect tumor tissues from thousands of patients and identify the biological markers unique to each tumor. Analyzing a patient’s response to specific treatments will lead to more individualized care aimed at providing rapid improvement with fewer side effects, taking Moffitt Cancer Research Institute’s wide-ranging initiative to a new level.

The project scope includes the initial research building and site work with potential future phases for additional significant research buildings on the new Moffitt McKinley Campus in Tampa. The two primary activities at the M2Gen facility are bio-repository functions (tissue processing and tissue banking) and data archiving and analytic functions (IT, informatics, etc.).

Laboratories include sample receipt and shipping, histology, macrodissection, coding, staining, paraffin block storage, microscopy suites, and cryotomy laboratories. The building also includes cryogenic storage facilities.

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.

I-75 Rest Areas

RS&H has set the bar in designing Florida’s first ultra-modern, "green" rest areas located along I-75 in Pasco County, Florida. Striving to achieve the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) first LEED® Silver certified project, we exceeded expectations by attaining Gold. The project, which features light sensors, waterless toilets, and many other earth-friendly elements, will serve as a prototype for future rest areas throughout the state.

Rather than renovate the existing rest areas, which lacked adequate parking and presented safety concerns, FDOT opted to construct completely new facilities, providing a blank canvas for incorporating "green" design principles. Using the LEED checklist as a guideline, we developed several sustainable design elements for the project, including the recycling of existing asphalt, use of waterless toilets, native and drought-tolerant plants, low-volume irrigation, and parking for fuel-efficient vehicles.

The project is also the first in the state to use continuously reinforced concrete pavement. The new technology uses reinforcing steels bars within the concrete, which reduces long-term maintenance costs of the facility. The concrete pavement is also more reflective, reducing the heat island effect of the rest areas.

Throughout the design process, RS&H used onsite illustrations and signs to inform the traveling public on ways FDOT is applying sustainable design principles to its projects. We also worked to ensure that the northbound rest area access ramps are compatible with future I-75 widening efforts by closely coordinating with teams from four other adjacent construction projects.

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission tasked RS&H with designing an energy efficient, sustainable General Aviation terminal. The building, designed for LEED® Gold Certification, combines innovative technologies with clever combinations of more conventional conservation strategies to create a building that’s both earth-friendly and money-saving. The building uses 30 percent less energy than a typical building of equal size. It uses 70 percent less potable water. More than 95 percent of the construction waste was recycled, and the building itself contains 25 percent recycled material. The air quality is maintained by a variable flow refrigerant system that monitors and heats/cools each room only as needed. In most rooms, translucent sun shades will descend automatically if outside light is too bright. Additional innovation is found in the restrooms. Water for toilet flushing comes from stored rainwater. All hot water comes from solar heat. The faucets and flush valves are automatic and photovoltaic.

FMWR Academy

RS&H served as the design-build Designer of Record for the Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) Academy, which is LEED Silver certified. The 21,000-square-foot building consists of classrooms, a student lounge, and an administrative wing.  

The classroom area consists of multipurpose, divisible classrooms containing SMART Boards and ceiling mounted projectors/projection screens capable of video teleconferencing. The student lounge seats 24 students with an additional four at computer stations, and it extends to a concrete outdoor patio area with seating. The administration wing includes offices, break rooms, a secured patio entrance/exit, a building manager office with workstations for four, a large conference and resource room, a production room with an attached storage room, a communication room, a general storage room, restrooms, and mechanical and electrical rooms.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Hangar

RS&H is serving as the Designer of Record for a new, 130,000-square-foot Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) hangar at Fort Hood. In addition to the 12 maintenance bays, the facility will provide maintenance and shop areas, tool, equipment and gear storages area, as well as flight planning, operations and troop support facilities, and general administrative areas for two companies.  

The project is being designed using BIM and required extensive site development design. Site elements include eight acres of 8-inch Portland Cement Concrete apron, a new 1,200-foot long taxiway, taxiway lighting, entry road extension, access roads, POV parking lot, five storm detention ponds, an AFFF detention pond and diversion system, two remote fire pumping stations, over five miles of 16-inch watermain, a 3,000-GPM domestic water pumping station, and an elevated 500,000-gallon water storage tank. All utilities were designed to accommodate a future, adjacent hangar.

In order to achieve energy consumption of 40-percent less than ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, the proposed project includes sustainable design features, such as high efficiency building envelope, HVAC, lighting/electrical, and solar domestic hot water/plumbing systems. All selected systems have EPA Energy Star or FEMP designations. The new facility is on track to earn LEED Silver Certification.

Headquarters Command and Control Facility

RS&H prepared a design-build request for proposal (RFP), including conducting a project programming charrette, completing design analyses, and establishing cost estimates for the design, engineering services, site preparation, and construction of a 123,842-square-foot Headquarters Command and Control Facility to house the Special Operations Command South (SOC SOUTH). SOC SOUTH was moved to Homestead Air Reserve Base during the military review process due to the base realignment and closure (BRAC) of US Naval Station Roosevelt Roads.

The three-story headquarters facility will include general purpose administrative/office areas and house a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), including sensitive items storage. The design incorporates sustainable features to conserve and protect natural resources as much as possible. The facility is designed to earn LEED Silver Certification upon construction completion, and the building envelope, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, service water heating, power and lighting systems, are designed to achieve an energy consumption that is at least 30-percent below the consumption of a baseline building meeting the minimum requirements of ASHRAE 90.1.

Waterview Office Development

RS&H designed the Waterview Office Park, home of our corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2003. The entire complex includes two, three-story commercial office buildings that house multiple tenants and share lakeside patio areas, as well as a common entrance court for visitors.

We have continued to design and implement upgrades to the Waterview I facility, resulting in the building’s LEED Silver certification in 2012.

Upgrades included modifying lighting and controls, replacing plumbing fixtures, and adding CO2 sensors and rooftop unit meters to the mechanical system.

In addition, RS&H helped the owner implement more sustainable policies and procedures for the building’s janitorial staff and waste-management efforts.

RS&H’s companywide recycling program has also resulted in a 50-percent reduction in waste for its headquarters facility, while our affirmative procurement (green purchasing) program promotes the use of recycled products.