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University Of North Florida Biological Sciences Building (Gold LEED Award Winner) - Ajax Building Company
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University Of North Florida Biological Sciences Building (Gold LEED Award Winner)

LOCATION: Jacksonville, Florida
OWNER: University of North Florida BUDGET: $33,600,000 ARCHITECT: Perkins + Will / Harvard Jolly
COMPLETION DATE: December 2011

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The UNF Biological Sciences Building Project consisted of a new 117,000 GSF Teaching and Research Facility with the Coastal Biology Program as the flagship of the department.

The teaching labs are programmed for 24 students utilizing a 1280 SF lab planning module. Each equipped with gas, air and vacuums system, 8 foot fume hood, a minimum of 2 large sinks, mobile and fixed casework with chemical resistant epoxy tops and floor space for equipment.

The research labs are programmed utilizing a 640 SF planning module. Each lab module includes open lab area with mobile casework, overhead and perimeter services and utilities, floor space for equipment and a minimum of one write up station, 5 foot fume hood, snorkel exhaust and a large deep sink with space for equipment and or casework along with a safety station including shower and eyewash, fire extinguisher, first aid and personal protective devices. In addition, there is an Animal Care Facility designed as a cubical configuration utilizing ventilated cage racks along with dedicated clean and dirt wash rooms.

A Green House, approximately 20’ x 80’, is located on the roof adjacent to the penthouse and is primarily utilized as a conservatory with glass panels and automatic temperature dependent ventilation. This will also include manual shading to control and zone the interior environment.

The Lecture Classrooms consist of two types. One lecture type classroom being a traditional style arrangement accommodating up to 200 seats in tiered rows and fixed tables. The other lecture type is a flexible 48 seat arrangement with movable tables and seats.

Administrative and faculty offices are distributed over the three floors and organized between the research and teaching wings with access to a conference room on each floor.

This project achieved LEED Gold certification; making this the 2nd LEED Gold project that Ajax Building Corporation has completed at the University of North Florida.

ENR Southeast Recognizes 2012’s Best ProjectsGo to http://southeast.construction.com/southeast_construction_projects/2012/1105-ENR-Southeast-Recognizes-20128217s-Best-Projects.asp

Ajax Building Corporation Wins 2 “BEST PROJECT” Awards in ENR Southeast CompetitionGo to http://mobile.ajaxbuilding.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/04/ENRAwardAnnouncement_20121.pdf

UNF Students Study Dolphn Carcass (article)Go to http://www.news4jax.com/news/UNF-students-study-dolphin-carcass/-/475880/9142988/-/mds20oz/-/index.html

University of North Florida’s Innovative Advanced Biological Sciences Building OpensGo to http://www.perkinswill.com/news/university-of-north-florida%E2%80%99s-innovative-advanced-biological-sciences-building-opens-.html

UNF’s Brand New, State-of-the-Art Biological Science BuildingGo to http://unfadmissions.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/unfs-brand-new-state-of-the-art-biological-sciences-building/

UNF Creates New Campus LandmarksGo to http://www.unf.edu/ia/pr/marketing_publications/journal/2012-Fall/UNF_construction_creates_new_campus_landmarks.aspx