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.
University of Florida
289,000 Gross Square Feet
Award of Merit in Restoration, Design-Build Institute of America - Florida Region
Weil and Larson Hall are LEED Certified
Benton Hall is LEED Silver Certified