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Group Title: Florida Caribbean architect
Title: Florida/Caribbean architect
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Title: Florida/Caribbean architect
Alternate Title: Florida Caribbean architect
Physical Description: v. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: American Institute of Architects -- Florida Association
Publisher: Dawson Publications,
Dawson Publications
Place of Publication: Timonium Md
Publication Date: Summer 2007
Copyright Date: 2007
Frequency: quarterly
Subject: Architecture -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Architecture -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 44, no. 1 (spring 1997)-
Issuing Body: Official journal of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.
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2007 AIA Florida Officers
Mark Smith, AIA, LEED AP
President Elect
Don Yoshino, FAIA
Peter Jones, AIA
Vice President/Professional Development
Steve Jernigan, AIA
Vice President/Communications
Richard Logan, AIA
Vice President/Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Charles Clary, FAIA
Regional Director
Henry Woodroffe, FAIA
Regional Director
Mickey Jacob, AIA
Immediate Past President
Vivian Salaga, AIA
Executive Vice President
Vicki Long, CAE

2007 AIA Puerto Rico Officers:
Alberto Lastra, AIA
President Elect
Jorge Martinez-Jorge, AIA
Diahi Luna, AIA
Carmen Maria Lopez, AIA
Director 3 years
Paul Perez-Veve, AIA
Director 2 years
Julie Vazquez-Otero, Assoc. AIA
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Mark H. Smith, AIA, requested that during his tenure as President of ATA
Florida I dedicate as much space as possible to "green" architecture and sus-
tainable design. I confess it has been an eye-opening experience. There is
both good and bad news on the subject of the built environment but, before I
get to that, here are a few terms to consider.
In layman's terms, climate change refers to any change in climate over
time, whether due to natural variability or as a result of human activity.
Adaptive capacity is the ability of a system to adjust to climate change to mod-
erate potential damages or cope with the consequences. Vulnerability is the
degree to which a system is susceptible to, or unable to cope with, adverse
effects of climate change. Coastal communities and habitats (Florida has the
second longest coastline of any U.S. state) will be increasingly stressed by cli-
mate change impacts interacting with development and pollution. Population
growth and the rising value of infrastructure in coastal areas increase vulnera-
bility to climate variability and future climate change, with losses projected to
increase if the intensity of tropical storms increases.*
The costs and benefits of climate change for industry, settlement and soci-
ety will vary widely by location and scale. In the aggregate, however, net
effects will tend to be more negative the larger the change in the climate. "The
most vulnerable industries, settlements and societies are generally those in
coastal and river flood plains, those whose economies are closely linked with
climate-sensitive resources and those in areas prone to extreme weather
events, especially where rapid urbanization is occurring."** If this sounds a
lot like a hurricane-prone area, then read on. This is where it gets really scary.
Where extreme weather events become more intense and/or more frequent,
the economic and social costs of those events will increase, and these increas-
es will be substantial in the areas most directly affected. Climate change
impacts spread from directly impacted areas and sectors to other areas and sec-
tors through extensive and complex linkage.
Sustainable development, using the Brundtland Commission's defini-
tion*** can reduce vulnerability to climate change by enhancing adaptive
capacity and increasing resilience. At present, few plans for promoting sus-
tainability have explicitly included either adapting to climate change impacts
or promoting adaptive capacity. However, since it is now clear that sustain-
able design equals less negative impact on climate, architects have their work
cut out for them and the clock is ticking.
The good news is that there are more Florida architects getting their build-
ings LEED-certified than ever before. That's important because it indicates a
professional determination to do something other than sit back and, as Peter
Crawford, AIA, writes in this issue's Viewpoint, design to a standard that is
"as harmful as the law allows."
LEED is branching out in all directions and focusing on all types of build-
ings, including LEED for Schools, LEED for Hospitals, etc. The U.S. Green
Building Council has just launched a new LEED initiative a pilot program
for commercial interiors projects that want to use the new LEED for Retail rat-
ing system. I am happy to report that at least one Florida architect has already
submitted a project to LEED for certification in this category. That project
will be published in the Winter 07/08 issue of this magazine.
*Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Twenty-Sixth Session, Bangkok, May 4, 2007.
**Ibid. Summary for Policymakers.
***Sustainable development is defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

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The AIA Convention in San Antonio was out-
standing. The theme was "Growing Beyond Green,"
which is along the same lines as our convention,
"AIA Florida: Sustaining Our Future." The speakers
and the programs were great.
"I used to be the next President of the United
States." This Al Gore quip produced a little levity as
he began to speak on the important subject of glob-
al warming. Gore spoke at the last general session on
the last day. You may not like his politics, and you
may disagree with his science, but the fact is the
Earth is getting warmer. There is more carbon diox-
ide in the air now than there has been since pre-historic times. Whether you
believe it's caused by man or it's just a natural cycle of the planet doesn't matter.
The fact is to continue to put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at the rate we
are doing it now is planetary suicide.
Gore's message to architects was simple we can make a difference, so let's get
started. The buildings in this country consume almost a third of our total energy
and create over a third of the carbon dioxide emissions. Public opinion and leg-
islative momentum are now on our side. The wind of resistance to sustainable,
green design has shifted. Architects who embrace this new reality will be the pro-
fessionals leading their communities to a carbon neutral future through innovative
design. It is our responsibility, as the leading design professionals, to begin today
to incorporate Earth- friendly principles into our projects.
As residents of Florida, we have the most to lose by inaction. Florida is basi-
cally a sandbar sitting only a few feet above sea level. Through innovative sustain-
able design we can stem the tide of greenhouse pollutants being exhausted into the
atmosphere, but we must act quickly. The time is now.
Finally, on an entirely different note, I would like to take this opportunity to
congratulate two of our members who have been elevated to Fellow in the
American Institute of Architects C.T. Hsu, FAIA and Don Yoshino, FAIA. Over
the years, these two gentlemen have given to their communities and the profession
of architecture. They have now been recognized by their peers for their many out-
standing accomplishments. Congratulations!

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The Florida Five
The Florida Five is a group of
Florida-based architects Albert
Alphonso, AIA, Rene Gonzalez, AIA,
Scott Hughes, AIA, Chad
Oppenheim, AIA, and Guy Peterson,
FAIA that have teamed up in the
spirit of The New York Five and its
common allegiance to a pure form of
architectural modernism that harkens
back to the work of Le Corbusier.
The goal of The Florida Five is to
bring the concept of modern design
to the attention of Florida residents,
particularly in the realm of residential
design. These five architects partici-
pate in joint presentations to show
examples of their recent work that
offer alternatives to the architectural
styles imposed upon Florida residents
by developers. Each member of The
Florida Five designs with a modernist
vocabulary and all are AIA Award of
Excellence recipients.

Gresham, Smith and Partners
Offers Scholarship
Fort Lauderdale design firm
Gresham, Smith and Partners is offer-
ing $25,000 in scholarships to minor-
ity students studying architecture at
Broward Community College
(BCC). The scholarships cover books
and tuition and are awarded on the
basis of academic merit, career goals,
minority status and need. The firm
began the state-matched, endowed
scholarship five years ago and hopes it
will continue to enable students to
pursue their architectural careers.
"We live in a diverse world and
serve diverse clients. Staffing our
firm likewise allows us to better
understand our clients' needs and
offer unique solutions." Gresham,
Smith and Partners provides plan-

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Grandison and Fritz Leandre. They are joined by Ken Williams, Associate Dean ofArchitecture and Design, BCC
(back) and BCCprofessor Claudio Noriega, AIA (right).

ning, architecture, engineering and
interior design services from 16
offices across the United States.

AIA Launches Online Resource for
In order to assist consumers in the
architectural design process and the con-
siderations involved in selecting and
working with an architect, the American
Institute of Architects (AIA) has
launched a new online resource,
This new site details the key stages
of architectural design, features video,
tutorials and an "Architect Finder."
The site incorporates streaming
videos that depict the design process,
both institutional and residential,
from the initial discussion with an
architect through the final product
with simple tips on how to select an
architect and the most important
questions to ask. To ensure that the
homeowner's best interests are pro-

tected, the site also includes informa-
tion about selecting the AIA Contract
Documents that are best suited for
residential products.
Given the rise of energy costs and
concern over the impact that con-
struction activity has on the environ-
ment, there has been an increase in
the use of energy-efficient design
principles. This website also addresses
sustainable business practices, focus-
ing on energy efficient design strate-
gies. The site also includes fact sheets
on a variety of topics related to the
design process, Frequently Asked
Questions, a "Share This Tool" site
and information about selecting con-
tracts for residential projects.

Architects Urge Congress to
Establish New Energy
Consumption Standards
Following the American Institute
of Architects (AIA) annual Grassroots
Legislative and Leadership Conference,

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AIA President R.K. Stewart, FAIA,
testified before the Subcommittee on
Energy of the Senate Committee on
Energy and Natural Resources on the
issue of energy efficiency in buildings.
He explained the pivotal role that
buildings play in contributing to cli-
mate change and recommended that
Congress pass legislation committing
the federal government to meeting
aggressive energy efficiency require-
ments for federal buildings.
Specifically, it is the AA's recommen-
dation that all new buildings and
major renovations owned or leased by
the federal government should imme-

diately meet fossil fuel-generated
energy consumption targets that rep-
resent a 50% reduction from that of
similar federal buildings in 2003. In
2010, this target would increase to a
60% reduction. The targets would
increase thereafter at five-year inter-
vals until 2030 when new federal
buildings and major renovations
would be carbon neutral.
Some relevant facts on the role
buildings play in global warming
Buildings and the embedded
energy of their interiors produce 48%
of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions

that contribute to climate change
Buildings consume 71% of elec-
tricity produced in U.S. power plants
Non-residential buildings are in
use an average of 75 years, consuming
energy and producing emissions
throughout their life
U.S. buildings account for near-
ly the same amount of carbon emis-
sions as the economies of Japan,
France and the United Kingdom

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Legislators passed the budget in the
final days of session, knowing they
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passed important bills that will
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Looney Ricks Kiss Garners Awards
The Florida Home Builders
Association honored Florida architec-
ture firm Looney Ricks Kiss with six
Aurora Awards at the 2006 Southeast
Building Conference. The winning
designs include homes from around
the state including three residences in
Vero Beach, one in Deland and
another in Celebration. The firm was
also honored for an urban infill, high-
density residential community it
designed in Houston, Texas. The
homes represent a broad cross-section
of price categories, underscoring the
company's ability to design projects
of all sizes, scope and surroundings.
Looney Ricks Kiss was also
recognized with two Best in
American Living (BALA) awards
from Professional Builder and the
National Association of Home
Builders the nation's foremost resi-
dential design award competition.
Kinsley Place in Deland was a
Platinum winner in the best one-of-a-
kind spec-built home up to 4,000
square feet while the firm's Reality
House in Celebration won a Gold
Award for larger spec homes.

DAG Principal Wins "Young
Architect" Award
Patrick L. Ballasch, AIA, principal
at DAG Architects, Inc. in Destin,
was awarded the prestigious Young
Architect Award from the University
of Florida School of Architecture.
The award, initiated in 1995, honors
a University of Florida graduate who
has made a significant design contri-
bution to the architectural profession
early in his or her career. Recipients
must have graduated no more than
20 years before the award date.

Kinsley Place in Deland, top, and Reality House in Celebration, above, both designed by Looney Ricks Kiss
Architects, received Best in American Living Awards from the National Association ofHome Builders.

Ballasch earned his Master of
Architecture degree in 1994 and, as
Design Principal at DAG, he current-
ly oversees the quality of the design
work done in each of the firm's four
offices. His projects have received
numerous design awards from AIA

Florida and the Florida Northwest
Chapter of the AIA. He also serves
as an AIA State Director and a
Visiting Juror at the University of
Florida School of Architecture.

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John Garra, AIA, Square One
Architecture, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale,
has designed a "green" home for a
client from the Netherlands a
2,200-square-foot, single-family resi-
dence on a 50' by 100' lot. The
home's green design aspects include a
2600-watt photovoltaic system with
grid tied emergency backup, passive
cooling, cross-ventilation, transom
and clerestory windows, active attic
ventilation and a cool reflective roof.
The house will have the first gray
water system in a residence in Miami.
Construction of the house is current-
ly underway and should qualify the
owners for a substantial tax credit.

VOA Associates'design for the new $205 million Agua Caliente Casino Hotel in Rancho Mirage, California.

Rear view of a "green" home in Miami designed by
John Garra, AIA, Square One Architecture.

VOA Associates Incorporated,
Orlando, is Design Architect for the
new, $205 million-Agua Caliente
Casino Hotel in Rancho Mirage,
California. VOA provided full archi-

tecture and interior design for the 16-
story, 340-room, luxury hotel, as well
as for a major renovation to the exist-
ing casino. The exterior design of the
hotel utilizes natural materials that
make the building harmonious with
the landscape. Advanced buffering
technology and innovative construc-
tion techniques combine with a
Southern California interior of earth
tones and natural colors that comple-
ment and echo the desert setting. The
complexity of the construction was a
challenge since it had to "feel right for
the desert's natural spaces while provid-
ing a memorable resort experience."

HuntonBrady Architects, Orlando,
and Ellenswieg Associates, Inc.,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, will
design the University of Central
Florida's (UCF) College of Medicine
at the UCF Health Sciences Campus
at Lake Nona in Orlando. The four-
story, 100,000-square-foot building
will house both the Medical Library
and Medical Instructional spaces.
The new $33 million building is cur-
rently in programming and conceptu-
al design phase. It will open in the
fall of 2009.

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HuntonBrady's designfor the Southeast Spine Center, a medical office building in Bradenton. The three-story, 100,000-square-footproject will include a spine clinic, a bio-
skills laboratory, a future 100-seat auditorium, an education center, an imaging center and administrative offices. It is due to open in 2008.

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FLA/Florida Architects, Inc.,
Orlando, will serve as Design
Architect for the seven-building, 50-
acre Training Complex at the Main
Campus of Indian River Community
College (IRCC) in Fort Pierce,
Florida. The new Treasure Coast
Public Safety Complex will serve the
immediate four-county area of Indian
River, Martin, St. Lucie and
Okeechobee counties, as well as func-
tion as a national and international
training destination. The first build-
ing in the complex to be erected, the
52,000-square-foot Vernon Smith
Public Safety Education Building, is
slated for completion in the fall of
2008. One of the main objectives in
designing the training facility is to
provide an environment for multi-
disciplinary training, including disas-
ters such as hurricanes and terrorist
attacks. The complex will require a
highly efficient, cost-effective and
technology-rich environment.

Retzsch Lanao Caycedo (RLC
Architects), Boca Raton, will design
Florida Atlantic University's first
alumni center. The two-story,
13,000-square-foot, $2.8 million
building will manifest a design geared
to support a wide range of uses. A
series of interior and exterior gather-
ing spaces will be interconnected to

The Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River Community College, designed by
FLA/Florida Architects, Inc., includes the Vernon Smith Public Safety Education Building.

Retzsch Lanao Caycedo's design for Florida Atlantic University's new Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center.

the main reception/dining/event area.
Plans also call for flexible classrooms
and a boardroom to be located in a
"beacon tower" at one end of the
complex that will serve as a
Professional Development Center.

The Scott Partnership Architecture,
Inc., Orlando, provided design serv-
ices for the Sage Resort, which will
overlook Sea World. This 10-story,
Mediterranean-style condo hotel will
encompass 260 units with a total of

Sage Resort, left, a 10-story condo hotel in Orlando, and Grand Central at Kennedy, right, were designed by The Scott Partnership Architecture, Inc.

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680,000 square feet set amid 5.5 acres
of tropical landscaping. In addition
to luxury amenities, the design calls
for secure underground parking and a
meeting/business center. Estimated
cost of construction is $68 million
and the project is due to be complet-
ed in the summer of 2009.
The east building of Grand
Central at Kennedy in Tampa is sub-
stantially complete. Designed by The
Scott Partnership Arechitecture,
Inc., this estimated 1.4 million-
square-foot Art-Deco-inspired proj-
ect is in keeping with the new "urban
neighborhood concept." It contains
retail, restaurants, office space and
residential condominiums. Two high-
rise towers offer views of downtown
Tampa, as well as the emerging
Channelside District. Each residential
tower features a 30,000-square-foot,
open-air deck on the ninth floor,
complete with a pool, clubhouse,
walking track, and spa.

Looney Ricks Kiss Architects,
Jacksonville, has completed the design
for Eustis Hospital Redevelopment
outside of Orlando. The new 45,000-

Rendering ofGallo Architects &Development Consultants'design for the Florida Humane Society in Deerfield Beach.

Gallo Architects & Development
Consultants, Deerfield Beach, has
been awarded the contract to design a
headquarters, administration and ani-
mal care and adoption facility for the
Florida Humane Society. When
completed, the 9-000-square-foot
building will include 18 dog rooms
with runs and play areas, nine cat

STH Architectural Group, Inc.,
West Palm Beach, has completed plans
for City Place Office Tower and the
building is currently under construc-
tion. The 16-story tower will be the
first office building in City Place across
from the West Palm Beach
Convention Center. The first floor of
the tower includes retail space and the
lobby and levels two through five are
for parking. Offices occupy floors six
through 16 in the contemporary pre-
cast concrete and glass structure.

Streetscape rendering of the new mixed-use facility in Eustis, Florida, designed by Looney Ricks Kiss Architects.

square-foot project includes two
mixed-use buildings that will bring
commercial space and urban resi-
dences to the once vacant hospital
property. Retail and office space will
be located on the first floor with pri-
vate residences above. Construction
began in April 2007 and is expected to
take one year to complete.

rooms, grooming and exam areas, pet
adoption rooms, a boutique, confer-
ence room and offices. Professionally
landscaped grounds will feature a
butterfly garden and a working wind-
mill to provide irrigation. Plank sid-
ing and a standing seam roof will
evoke a feeling of "Old Florida.

City Place Office Tower in West Palm Beach, designed
by STHArchitectural Group, Inc.

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Haskell, Jacksonville, created the
concept for a new Navy Operations
Center in Jacksonville that was the
winning entry in a competition for a
61,000-square-foot facility to house

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the Navy's Southeast Command
Facilities Group. The design, inspired
by a strong reverence for sustainabili-
ty principles, fulfils the objective of
enhancing the open park that cur-

Above, Haskell's design for Oak Hall Student Housing and Parking at Jacksonville University, and below,
Haskells concept for the Navy Operations Center inJacksonville.

rently exists on the site. The new
building is described as "an explo-
ration to integrate the dynamic
motions offered by modern architec-
ture with the humanistic scale of tra-
ditional vernacular."
Haskell is also currently provid-
ing design services for the Oak Hall
Student Housing and Parking project
at Jacksonville University (JU). The
facility will include 500 beds in a five-
story steel-framed building and 350
parking spaces in a three-story pre-
cast concrete parking structure. The
floor layout provides multi-purpose
classroom and laundry spaces on the
ground floor and student suites with
integrated bathrooms on the upper
floors. There is also a small dining
facility with direct access to an out-
door terrace overlooking the St. Johns
River. The accelerated design/build
project will take 18 months from
concept to completion. It is due to
open in the fall of 2007.

Dorsky Hodgson Parrish Yue
.-IA d (DHPY), Fort Lauderdale, will
4,1, design a mixed-use project in Miami

Dorsky Hodgson Parrish Yue's designfor "Off Brickell" in Miami, left, and "The Strand," right, in Jacksonville. Construction on "The Strand" is complete and the tower
opened in March, 2007.

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to be called "Off Brickell." The proj-
ect will be built on a triangular-
shaped property and will consist of a
200-key hotel, 125,000 square feet of
Class A offices and a two-story,
100,000-square-foot retail and
restaurant space sandwiched by the
Metrorail and Metromover on Coral
Way in Miami.
Construction of "The Strand,"
Jacksonville's first riverfront high rise
condominium, is complete. Designed
by Dorsky Hodgson Parrish Yue to
maximize resident's views of the river
and downtown Jacksonville, the
tower is a 28-story, 295-unit first
phase of American Land Ventures' St.
Johns Planned Unit Development.

Baker Barrios Architects, Inc.,
Orlando, has completed revised plans
for "The Cristal," a 24-story mixed-
use development in downtown
Orlando. The developer altered the
original plan to add a boutique hotel
to the project. The new plan calls for
the 240-room hotel to feature a con-
ference center, meeting space and

The Charlotte County Event Center, top, in Punta Gorda, Florida and the East Cooper Regional Medical Cente,;
above, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, were both designed by Harvard Jolly Architects.

ballroom. In addition, the develop-
ment will include 55 residential con-
dominium units, 15,000 square feet
of office, retail and restaurant space
and 352 parking spaces. Construction
is slated to begin in late 2007 and be
completed in 2009.

Harvard Jolly Architects, St.
Petersburg, has completed design of
two new projects in Florida and
South Carolina. The $15.7 million
Charlotte County Event Center
replaces the former Charlotte County
Auditorium destroyed by Hurricane
Charley. The new center, which
reflects a traditional Florida aesthetic,
has superior technological capabilities.
Groundbreaking on the design-build
project is scheduled for summer 2007.

Harvard Jolly has also designed
the new 150-bed, 300,000-square-
foot East Cooper Medical Center in
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The
five-story hospital provides a "healing
environment" that research suggests
speeds the recovery process. The
facility has been designed with a com-
pact building footprint to accommo-
date 150 licensed beds with infra-
structure in place to expand to
approximately 250 beds. Ground
breaking on the $95 million building
is set for November 2007.

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Baker Barrios Architects, Inc.

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Legal Notes / J. Michael Huey, Honorary AIA
Public Procurement of Professional
Architectural/Engineering Services: Florida's CCNA

CCNA Background

Florida's Consultants' Competitive
Negotiation Act (CCNA) was recom-
mended by a select gubernatorial com-
mittee and subsequently enacted by
the Legislature more than 30 years
ago. This law has served as "the stan-
dard" as other states have studied and
enacted similar qualifications-based
procurement laws for registered archi-
tects, professional engineers and oth-
ers. The intent of the CCNA was to
establish a procedure whereby public
agencies seeking these professional
services would:

(a) provide public notice of all
(b) select the most qualified firm
for a particular project through
consideration of firms' qualifica-
tions without consideration of
fees; and
(c) negotiate fair and reasonable
fees with the selected firm.

While other contractors, vendors
and consultants are selected through
bidding or other mechanisms, the
Governor and the Legislature deter-
mined that qualifications-based selec-
tion was a far superior way to obtain
architectural, engineering, landscape
architectural and surveying and map-
ping services.

CCNA Projects

The CCNA applies to the state and
its agencies, municipalities, counties
and other political subdivisions, as well
as school districts. The particular

types of projects and studies that are
intended to be covered include:

(a) a single project with an esti-
mated construction cost in
excess of $250,000;
(b) a grouping of smaller proj-
ects having an estimated con-
struction cost in excess of
(c) a planning or study activity
where professional fees are
expected to exceed $25,000;
(d) a continuing contract with a
firm where the construction
costs do not exceed $1,000,000;
(e) a continuing contract with a
firm for a study where the pro-
fessional fee does not exceed

A "Continuing Contract" is
defined under 287.055(2)(g),
Florida Statutes. The definition
along with the language found in
287.055(4)(d) providing that
nothing in the CCNA shall be con-
strued to prohibit a continuing con-
tract has been the subject of much
debate. In fact, there have been
numerous Advisory Legal Opinions
issued by the Attorney General in
response to inquiries by local govern-
ments regarding a variety of continu-
ing contract arrangements. See, Op.
Att'y Gen. Fla. 93-56 (1993); Op.
Att'y Gen. Fla. 96-52 (1996); Op.
Att'y Gen. 2007-07 (2007). For pur-
poses of this article, suffice it to say
that continuing contracts are some-
what different than other projects
under the CCNA and advice of coun-
sel is recommended.

The CCNA Process

Public Notice
Each public agency is required to uni-
formly and consistently provide a
public announcement on each occa-
sion when any of the covered profes-
sional services are to be procured.
Each announcement must include a
general description of the work and
indicate how professionals may apply
for consideration. Counties, munici-
palities and other political subdivi-
sions typically advertise the need for
professional services in a newspaper
having the greatest circulation in the
area where the project is to occur.

Competitive Selection
* Qualification
Qualification is the first part of the
competitive selection process phase.
Any firm or individual desiring to
provide professional services must be
certified by the procuring agency as
qualified to provide the services pur-
suant to state law and regulations of
the agency. The agency must then
determine whether the firm or indi-
viduals are fully capable of rendering
the required services for the project.
Among the factors to be considered
in making this finding are the capa-
bilities of the firm, adequacy of per-
sonnel, past record and experience of
the firm or individual for the particu-
lar type of project.

* Short-Listing
The second part of the competitive
selection phase is "short-listing." For
each proposed project, an agency is
required to evaluate the firms which
have submitted qualifications and

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performance data and to conduct dis-
cussions with no fewer than three
firms regarding their qualifications,
approach to the project and ability to
furnish the required services. The
agency may require public presenta-
tions by the short-listed firms. The
agency must select, in order ofprefer-
ence, no fewer than three firms
deemed to be the most highly quali-
fied to perform the required services.
The factors to be considered include:

(a) the ability of the professional
(b) whether a firm is a certified
minority business enterprise;
(c) past performance;
(d) willingness to meet time and
budget requirements;
(e) location;
(f) recent, current and projected
workloads; and
(g) the volume of work previous-
ly awarded to each firm by the
agency with the object of effect-
ing an equitable distribution of
contracts among qualified firms,
provided this does not violate the
principle of selection of the most
highly qualified firm.

In 1988, following two court deci-
sions affirming the right of local gov-
ernments to require fee proposals to
be submitted during the competitive
selection phase, the Legislature
amended the statute to provide that
proposals for compensation could
only be requested or provided during
the negotiation process, as reviewed
below. See, City of Jacksonville v.
Reynolds, Smith de Hills Architects,
Engineers and Planners, 424 So. 2d 63

(Fla. 1st DCA 1982) and Florida
Association of the American Institute of
Architects v. Pinellas County, Case No.
79-1200845-7, Pinellas County
Circuit Court 1982, aff=dper curiam,
436 So. 2d 188 (Fla. 2d DCA 1983).

Following the ranking of firms, agen-
cies are required to negotiate a con-
tract with the most qualified firm at
compensation which is fair, competi-
tive and reasonable. If an agency is
unable to negotiate a satisfactory con-
tract with the firm considered to be
the most qualified at a price the
agency determines to be fair, then
negotiations with that firm must be for-
mally terminated. The agency is then
required to undertake negotiations
with the second-ranked firm to
attempt to agree upon a contract.
Failing in its attempt with the second
firm, negotiations are again terminat-
ed and the agency must undertake
negotiations with the third-ranked
firm. If the agency is unable to nego-
tiate a satisfactory contract with any
of the three ranked firms, the agency
must select additional firms in the
order of their competence and quali-
fications and continue negotiations
until it reaches an agreement with
one of the selected firms.


There are several other aspects of
the CCNA which are not addressed
herein. Design-build services are
specifically covered by the Act, but
with a separate set of rules. See,
287.055(9), Fla. Stat. (2006).

Reuse of plans is also covered. See,
287.055(10), Fla. Stat. (2006).

Florida's CCNA has been praised
by professionals and, generally, by pol-
icymakers, although cursed by a few
procurement officials. It has been
modified several times in order to
address new delivery systems, unique
selection and negotiation issues, etc.,
but has remained basically intact
throughout its tenure. As a continu-
ous observer of the implementation of
this law, I sincerely believe it has met
the test of time in providing a quality-
first selection system for Florida's pub-
lic entities and assuring an equitable
distribution of work among Florida's
architects and engineers.

Mike Huey is a partner in the
statewide law firm of Gray-Robinson
and practices in the Tallahassee office.
He has been engaged in the field of
design and construction law for more
than 30 years and has served as gener-
al counsel of the Florida Association
of the American Institute of
Architects for more than 30 years.

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2007 Legislative Session Review
Vicki Long, CAE, EVP

The 2007 Legislative Session con-
cluded on Friday, May 4, with a great
deal accomplished, but with much
more on the plate. Property tax, one
of the major issues on the Governor's
priority list, proved to be too much to
tackle during the 60-day session. A
Special Session has already been
scheduled to address property taxes as
a stand alone issue. AIA Florida had
several hot issues to pursue, not the
least of which was global warming.
Greenhouse gas emissions, green
building, affordable housing, amend-
ments to the Florida Building Code
statutes and the Consultants'
Competitive Negotiation Act
(CCNA) topped the list of FA/AIA
issues under consideration.
In early 2007, the House of
Representatives Interim Workgroup on
Affordable Housing met across the
state to explore solutions to Florida's
increasing housing crisis. At issue is
that construction, price fluctuations,
insurance and property taxes have esca-
lated to the point that essential workers
such as teachers, police, nurses and
other critical professionals can no long
afford to buy homes. Not to mention
that service industry workers are less
able to find affordable rental property.

AIA Florida member Brad
Gaubatz, AIA, Director of
Architecture for de Morgan
Communities in Palmetto, Florida,
was recruited by President Mark H.
Smith, AIA LEED AP, to speak on
behalf of the Association and present
food for thought as the workgroup
looked for solutions to the affordable
housing dilemma.
Gaubatz provid-
ed recommendations
to the workgroup on
affordable housing
in general and he
explained how archi-
tects can play an Brad Gaubatz, AA
active roll in devel-
oping affordable housing, not just in
building design, but in community
development, planned growth and the
need for walk-able and live-able com-
munities to reduce energy consump-
tion and improve lifestyle.
Chair of the workgroup, Rep.
Mike Davis (R) Naples, expressed the
goal of hearing from the experts and
"looking forward to the proposed
solutions." Davis appeared impressed
with the presentation and design
examples, remarking that "density
can work and look pleasing."
The workgroup's results included
HB 1375 that provides opportunities
for partnerships in affordable housing
by strengthening the role of local
affordable housing advisory commit-
tees, expands technical assistance to
include the private sector and clarifies
the Community Workforce Housing
Incentive Program (CWHIP). The bill
also provides for transportation con-
currency exemptions for housing close
to employment centers and tax defer-
rals for affordable rentals. Partnership
funds were provided for "innovative

projects" including innovative design,
green building principles, storm resist-
ant construction and other elements
for reducing long-term costs for
affordable housing. The billed passed
on Thursday, May 3, 2007.
The Affordable Housing Workgroup
shared the services of Tom Hamby,
Staff Director of the Committee on
Energy. Gaubatz' testimony on
affordable housing also referenced
energy savings as yet another benefit
of good design. The concept caught
Hamby's attention and he requested
AIA Florida to weigh in on yet anoth-
er issue being worked over the inter-
im, a comprehensive energy policy for
the state.
At nearly the same time, at a dele-
gation meeting of the Treasure Coast
Chapter, members Peter Jones, AIA
and Ron Johnson, AIA seized the
opportunity to educate Reps. Stan
Mayfield (R) Vero Beach and Gayle
Harrell (R) Port St. Lucie about the
"2030 Challenge" (see below) and
encouraged them to support mandat-
ing state, municipal and other public
buildings be constructed using sustain-
able or "green" building techniques.
Mayfield, an engineer and a school
facilities Assistant Superintendent, is
also the powerful Chairman of the
House Environment and Natural
Resources Council. He immediately
contacted House staff to ensure that
AIA Florida was invited to testify
before the House Energy Committee.
In early February, AIA Florida
EVP Vicki Long, CAE, testified
before the Energy Committee to edu-
cate members about the "2030
Challenge," green building practices,
promoting energy efficiency and tax
incentives. During the testimony, the
committee was assured of FA/AIA

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members' commitment to incorpo-
rating environmentally sustainable
principles into all their projects.
Long's testimony included
research from the U.S. Department
of Energy, including the fact that
architects are deeply attuned to ener-
gy-related issues and are uniquely
qualified to tackle some building-
based problems. For example, mem-
bers were told that annually, build-
ings consume more than 30% of total
energy and 71% of electricity in the

US. Five billion gallons of potable
water are used to flush toilets daily.
Buildings account for 49% of the sul-
fur dioxide emissions, 25% of the
nitrous oxide emissions and 35% of
the country's carbon dioxide emis-
sions. In fact, Long said, in May
2006, the United States Conference
of Mayors unanimously approved two
new resolutions. The first one adopt-
ed the "2030 Challenge," committing
Conference members to work to
"increase the fossil-fuel reduction stan-

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Diaz-Yabor, AIA, andJaime Canaves, FAIA, at the Legislative Day Reception. Below: Members of the Tampa
Bay Chapter of the AIA planning their day of legislative visits.

dard for all new buildings to carbon
neutral by 2030." The second resolu-
tion provides for the establishment of
a new agenda to address the nation's
energy and environmental challenges
and improve local communities.
AIA Florida strongly encouraged
members of the Energy Committee
to do no less than the Conference of
Mayors and to introduce require-
ments that all government-funded
building projects and substantial
building renovations utilize green
building standards. AIA Florida also
recommended providing funding for
one or more pilot projects demon-
strating the financial feasibility of
green building and utilizing Life
Cycle Assessment (LCA) in evaluat-
ing the environmental performance
of the buildingss; tax incentives for
green building projects undertaken
by the private sector, with of course,
minimum set requirements; and
establishment of greenhouse gas
emissions reduction targets.
As a result of this and other testi-
mony, the House drafted CSHB
7123, a committee bill that eventual-
ly carried the green dreams of dozens
of industries
Appived :r, ii a\ 3, 2i.i0-,, [he
Houisc bill inlLuded, among nii.riad
other issue l. a i. hohdav tor the pur-
chasc of energ'-ecficient appliaace, a
mandate to build ericrgv-eficieln
state-owned buildings that meet envi-
ronmental standards rom sustainable
materials, requirements that all coun-
ty municipal and public community
college buildings be constructed to
meet the USGBC LEED rating sys-
tem, Green Building Initiative's
Green Globes rating system or a
naticnally recognized high-perform-
ance green building rating system as
approved by the Department of
Management Services (DMS), and
inall. ','.as amended to include the
Green Schools Pilot Project.

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The Green Schools legislation was
the result of yet another contact
between AIA Florida members and
elected officials. In 2006, Rep. Curtis
Richardson (D) Tallahassee, met with
AIA Florida staff and local chapter
members to learn about issues impor-
tant to the Association. Based on dis-
cussions with Karin Zawrotny, AIA, a
Tallahassee architect, Richardson
became intrigued with the idea of
green building and how the state
could encourage a smarter and eco-
friendly approach to building design
and construction. Subsequently, he
teamed up with Sen. Lee Constantine
(R) Altamonte Springs, to sponsor
legislation creating a pilot project
allowing three schools to be con-
structed in Florida to achieve a mini-
mum of a LEED Silver or Green
Globes two-globe rating (House Bill
1257 and Senate Bill 2136).
The language requires the
Department of Education, in con-
junction with the Florida Energy
Office, to develop an application
process for school districts to partici-
pate in a green-pilot project. One ele-
mentary, one middle school and one
high school will be be constructed in
geographically different parts of the
state. The language earmarked $3.5
million for the program to offset the
increased cost differential for the
three schools.
After three full years of the
schools' operation, each participating
school district is required to submit a
report to the Governor and
Legislature regarding student per-
formance and health, operational
costs, energy consumption and the
The Green Schools pilot project
language was "rolled into" HB 7123
and was approved as a part of the
comprehensive energy bill in the final
hours of session.
SB 2836 created the Florida

Building Code Compliance and
Mitigation Program in the
Department of Community Affairs
(DCA) with charges to provide ongo-
ing education and outreach activities
concerning compliance with the
Florida Building Code and hurricane
mitigation. The program will "devel-

Karin Zawrotny, AIA and Rep. Curtis Richardson

op, coordinate, and maintain educa-
tion and outreach to those persons
required to comply with the Florida
Building Code and ensure consistent
education, training and communica-
tion of the code's requirements,
including, but not limited to, meth-
ods for mitigation of storm-related
damage." It is intended to operate as a
clearinghouse for design, construction
and building code enforcement
licensees, suppliers and consumers to
find others to exchange mitigation
information with and facilitate repairs
in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
The program will be administered
by the DCA with all services and
materials under the program provid-
ed by a private, nonprofit corporation
under contract to DCA (including
responsibility for the core and
advanced courses.)
The private nonprofit corporation
must be "an organization whose
membership includes trade and pro-
fessional organizations whose mem-
bers consist primarily of persons and
entities that are required to comply
with the Florida Building Code and

that are licensed under the practice
acts for architects, engineers, con-
struction contractors, electrical con-
tractors, building code administrators
and inspectors, interior designers,
and landscape architects." Most bets
are that the Building a Safer Florida
Coalition, of which AIA Florida is a
member, will be the entity selected.
The stated intent of the legislation
is that once courses are properly
accredited, they go expeditiously to
DBPR, thereby reducing or eliminat-
ing the requirement for review and
approval by the Education POC and
then the Commission. Proponents
argue that this will streamline contin-
uing education approval processes and
result in improved content for Florida
Building Code continuing education.
A last minute amendment proposed
a requirement that ANY permit appli-
cation for a building located in the
wind-borne debris region valued at
$300,000 as of January 1, 2008, must
include a provision for opening protec-
tion, shutters, windows, etc. as required
for new construction. Many feared
such action would be too expensive,
would impede the permitting processes,
would drive consumers underground
or that they would choose to make
modifications without permit and req-
uisite inspections. The amendment was
not part of the final bill, as approved.
In February, Florida attorney Bill
McCollum, issued an advisory legal
opinion in response to a question
from the Cape Coral City Attorney.
In essence, the City asked if the use of
a construction manager at risk or a
program manager at risk contract for
the design and construction of a
multi-phase project complied with
section 287.055(9) (Consultants
Competitive Negotiation Act) when
each phase of the project was sepa-
rately negotiated for a guaranteed
maximum price and completion date.
Unfortunately, the Opinion,

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while attempting to address CM/PM
services procured by the City of Cape
Coral, actually only addressed the
contract in question under the
design/build procurement provisions
in section 287.055, Florida Statutes
(CCNA). Accordingly, the Attorney
General concluded that the CCNA
(design/build section) did not allow
for establishment of guaranteed maxi-
mum prices on each phase of a multi-
phase project ruling that the City's
contract was in violation of the
CCNA. Section 1013.45, Florida
Statutes, provides that school boards
may procure CM/PM services in
accordance with the CCNA, but there
are no specific CM/PM procurement
processes for cities and counties other
than the general competitive bidding
statute (section 255.20).

After considerable discussion with
legislators and industry representa-
tives, CS/CS/HB 1489 was amended
to provide that local government
entities, like school boards, can pro-
cure CM/PM services pursuant to the
CCNA process. However, these enti-
ties may continue to procure these
services through competitive bidding
procedures outlined in section
255.20, Florida Statutes. The bill
was also amended to "clarify" one
provision in the design/build section
of the CCNA. Thereafter, amend-
ments were offered which would have
increased the thresholds for construc-
tion costs and for professional fees
thereby exempting more projects
from the CCNA process. Fortunately,
we were successful in defeating these

After debating these issues for
most of the Legislative Session, the bill
was finally passed days before the
end of session. As usual, FA/AIA
Board members and other volunteers
attended the hugely successful
Legislative Day. Over 50 members
were in attendance to discuss green
legislation and to educate members on
the important role architects can play
in solving at least a portion of the very
complex issues surrounding global
warming and the built environment.

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DB Lewis Architecture+Design,
Miami, is designer of the new Media
Arts Exchange Tower, located in the
heart of Miami's up and coming
Entertainment District. Known as
MAX-MIAMI Tower, the building
acts as an urban threshold between
Miami's downtown and its upper east
side. The tower, with its LEED-cer-
tified "green" design technology, is
composed as a corporate signature
building with a vertically mixed-use
commercial program. Containing
recording and production studios, a

grand atrium hotel, spa amenities,
penthouse, commercial offices and
retail space, the tower should be a
major icon in the Miami skyline
in addition to encouraging the
growth and development of the
Entertainment District.

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Renderings of the building exterior, the building at street level and the pool deck courtesy of the architect.

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Architects, Delray Beach, designed
the new 15,000-square-foot Regional
Headquarters for Florida's Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission
in West Palm Beach. The building
is sited on a four-acre parcel
within the environmentally sensitive
Loxahatchee Nature Preserve and
water catchment area for the City of
West Palm Beach. The compound
was designed as a series of six raised
2,500-square-foot pods covered by
connected walkways. The building
components include a pod for each of
the agency's three divisions, including
law enforcement, fish and wildlife
and administration. The structures
were built over a series of concrete
pilings that allow for the free flow of

air, as well as for flora and fauna to
pass beneath.
Whenever possible, the materials
used were from sustainable building
sources. Deep overhangs create shad-
ing and increase the effectiveness of
the insulation. Clerestory windows
and light shelves allow for natural
lighting to penetrate central spaces

that in turn illuminate perimeter
offices through interior windows.
Due to the sensitive nature of the
site, every effort was made during
design and construction to minimize
adverse impacts on the environment.
The design character of the building
reflects its function, as well as the nat-
ural site it occupies.

Aerial photo by Dunn' Aerial. Building photos by C.. Walker. Section drawing by Robert G. Currie, AIA.

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Quincy Johnson Jones Myott
Williams Acevedo Vaughn
Architects (QJJMWAV), Boca
Raton, is part of the development
team awarded the contract for the
design and development of four new
buildings to house the Department
of Homeland Security's U.S.

rounded by a 20-foot security buffer
that completely excludes vehicles.
This buffer zone serves as a physical
and visual transition between the
building and adjacent parking decks
and surface parking. The entry plaza
is inspired by the spires of the Statue
of Liberty's crown. Here, rays radiate

from the center of the public lobby
and reach out into the plaza to wel-
come visitors into the building.
Sustainable design and construc-
tion principles have been integrated
into both the site and the building to
create an atmosphere that supports
and energizes both staff and visitors.
An educational kiosk will highlight the
building's sustainable elements, along
with each citizen's role and responsibil-
ity in taking care of this country.
Driving the design is the sustain-
able concept of "context" and this
building projects a sense of belonging
to the site. The proposed design
makes use of multi-story glazing,
large light wells and openings in the
floor to communicate natural light to
interior spaces. Using the abundance
of light and water provided by the
South Florida environment, the proj-
ect will reduce energy consumption
and operational costs by harnessing
these elements.

Citizenship and Immigration Services
(CIS). The client is South Florida
Federal Partners, LLC, and the offices
will be located in Broward County,
Kendall, Hialeah and Miami. The
Miami CIS is LEED Silver Certified.
The design concept for the Miami
site is to provide a welcoming gate-
way to the U.S. The stability of the
building design and solidity of its pri-
mary materials express the responsi-
bility of citizenship and the strength
of this country. The rectangular site
is approximately 4.27 acres and the
building is sited and proportioned to
take advantage of as much street
frontage on the major north-south
corridor as the site program allows,
including a prominent entry on the
long side of the building. This
enables the building's memorable
front to clearly identify itself.
The two-story building is sur-

Renderings of the prototype for the new CIS buildings, including the main entrance elevation of the ,
and the lobby interior, courtesy of the architect.

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HuntonBradyArchitects, Orlando,
has designed a high-end interior
architecture project for Timeshares
Only. The primary design challenge
involved the creation of a distinct
identity for the world's largest time-
share resale facility while elevating
public perception of the industry. A
basic two-story flex building in South
Orlando on a heavily traveled tourist
corridor was utilized for this purpose.

The renovated interior was treated as
an "installation" in the flex space, con-
trasting with the exterior and present-
ing a surprise for first time visitors.
The design solution was to create
a sophisticated, image-altering space.
The program mandates a 32,000-
square-foot headquarters facility with
public meeting rooms, flexible con-
ferencing center, team break room,
real estate call center for 180 associ-
ates, sales call center for 132 associ-
ates, an executive center with admin-

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istrative offices and an information
technology department. For maxi-
mum effect, the plan is organized
around the public spaces, including
lobby, client lounge and sales spaces,
which are located near the front
entry. An interior gallery connects
these spaces to the staff entry, provid-
ing a clear circulation diagram on the
first and second floors. This solution
creates a layered sequence of dramat-
ic public spaces arranged as volumes
along the two main galleries.
Preeminence was given to exterior
views, high ceilings and bringing day-
light into the building.

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Ebert Norman Brady Architects,
Jacksonville Beach, is designer of the
Jacksonville Children's Commission,
an office building, conference center
and research and training facility
focused on early childhood educa-
tion. The three buildings are all on
one site and function together.
Because the site is shallow, the buildings
were designed in an urban linear fash-
ion fronting the main street in response
to the urban placement of the sur-
rounding buildings. Parking is located
in the rear and screened from view to
reinforce the urban-based concept.
Each of the buildings was con-
structed using two tones of brick laid
in block-like forms similar to a child's
building blocks. The progression of
buildings culminates with the early

All photos by Antony Rieck. Site plan courtesy of the architect.

learning center multipurpose room in
the rotunda located at the prominent
building intersection. Here, the
function of the early learning center
is playfully expressed on the exterior
with 18-foot tall crayon-shaped
columns that act as signage and struc-
tural support for the facility. These ele-
ments become a "billboard" advertising
the building's function. The bright col-
ors and bold forms are continued on
the interior where they create a playful
environment for children and adults.
The Children's Commission was
designed as a catalyst for the redevel-
opment of a blighted neighborhood.
As a result, the entire previously
developed site was reclaimed. Even
the existing soils were sifted on-site to

remove existing construction debris.
These soils were then reintroduced
into the site thereby limiting the need
to bring in new soil. Building mate-
rials were all derived from the region,
sunscreens shade the windows and
the addition of new impervious pave-
ment was offset by the removal of an
existing road that divided the site.
The site was carefully selected for its
access to public transportation.

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Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK)
Architects, Jacksonville, has recent-
ly renovated the top three floors of an
historic downtown Jacksonville ware-
house for the firm's new office. The
15,000-square-foot studio/office was
designed to support and cultivate
problem solving, design and collabo-

philosophies: "design in context and
find balance between new and old."
The studios are designed to work as
open team spaces, making it easy to
move and mix teammates and projects.
On the ground floor of the build-
ing, LRK's lobby shares space with an
art gallery that is visible from the

street. The treatment of the ground
floor lobby and gallery supports the
idea that architecture is a visual prob-
lem-solving profession and that archi-
tects owe the urban condition a posi-
tive experience, in this case a view
into the gallery.

Main facade of the historic building that now houses
the design studio ofLooney Ricks Kiss Architects. All
photos by Jack (- Gardner Photography.

ration with clients. The studio sup-
ports this culture with an open
charette loft, "brainstorming porches"
outside each design studio, no doors
except on conference rooms and a
kitchen designed to serve both food
and design critiques. The natural
light and neutral finishes were inte-
grated into the design concept in
order to function as backdrops for the
firm's presentations and design work.
The contrast of the historic build-
ing and the more contemporary details
such as sliding glass walls and light fix-
tures is intrinsic to the firm's design


Top: conference room, above: learning kitchen, opposite page top: main reception, and opposite page bottom:
design studio/charette loft.

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University of North Florida, Library Addition and Renovation jacksonville
Rink Design Partnership, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida

As the student population at the
University of North Florida steadily
increased, so did the need to renovate
and expand the existing library. Rink
Design Partnership saw a unique
opportunity to meet the needs of a
growing campus with a visually stim-
ulating building while addressing
environmental concerns by making
the building energy- and cost-effi-
cient. To create a sustainable design
and offer pleasant views, large spans
of insulated glass were used to provide
the interior of the library with natural
light. To reduce heat and energy
costs, window size in the west facade
was decreased and metal sunshades
were used on the south side. The ren-
ovation portion of the project includ-
ed replacing existing lighting with
more efficient lights and updating the

Top: view of the library addition from the north showing where the new addition connects to the original library.
All photos by Joe Lapeyra. Above: the lounges utilize interior finishes that were chosen for their

HVAC for better energy efficiency
and humidity control.
This 199,000-square-foot project
consisted of expanding the existing
library by 72,000 square feet and ren-

ovating the existing facility. The pro-
gram called for adding multiple floors
of stack space, study carrels, meeting
rooms, a special collections room and
reading rooms. The entire facility

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dark woods. Brick was brought inside
the building via continuous cladding
on the core wall. This treatment cre-
ates a relationship between the interi-
or and the exterior and serves as a
wayfinding tool, visually unifying the
space from floor to floor. Lights in
the reading rooms are large suspend-
ed pendants that provide both indi-
rect reflected light and direct down
light. All of the study carrels, work
tables, reading tables and lounge seat-
ing areas are Wi-Fi compatible and
provide electrical outlets for laptops.



was updated following ADA, Life
Safety and humidity control and air
quality guidelines. Throughout the
construction process, the library was
able to maintain full operations. New
materials and systems were designed
to fit seamlessly with the existing
building so that the overall feel is
clean and contemporary. The exteri-
or of the building conforms to the
University's "use of brick" require-
ment. The entrance and two-story
reading rooms are topped with a
canopy and clad in rows of glass to
create a dynamic image that has
become a campus icon.
Interior spaces are connected by a
continuous steel and glass stairway
that also functions as a light well for
the elevator lobbies. The two-story
reading rooms are topped with sky-

lights that filter light back into the
book stacks. Interior finishes were
chosen for their ability to reflect light
and hide soil and traffic patterns,
including a combination of light and

Above: Entrance detail showing custom light fixtures.
The canopy provides scale and drama at the building
entrance. Top left: .' -' ,.. .' ,in the two-story read-
ing room is provided by large suspended pendants and
skylights. Left: The staircase connects two wings and
four floors and serves as a wayfinding device. It also
serves as a light well for the elevator lobby

Project Credits: Thomas
Reynolds, AIA: Architect of Record;
Atlantic Engineering Systems,
Synergy Structural Engineering,
Tilden Lobnitz Cooper: Structural
Engineers; Civil Services, Inc.: Civil
Engineer; Mactec Engineering and
Consulting: Environmental
Engineer; Turner Construction
Company: General Contractor;
Reynolds, Smith & Hills: Associate

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Dunedin Community Center dunedin
Collman & Karsky Architects, Inc., Tampa, Florida

The Dunedin Community Center
opened in January 2007 as a Green
Building designed and constructed
according to the newest environmen-
tal standards as defined by the U.S.
Green Building Council. The facility
is classified as a Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED)-
registered project and is expected to
qualify as a Silver level LEED-certi-
fled building.
In order to achieve LEED status,
numerous systems were evaluated and
materials carefully selected to make
the facility as environmentally friend-
ly and efficient as possible. The facil-
ity was also constructed incorporating
recycling processes that emphasize
reduced pollution, increased energy
efficiency, enhanced indoor air quality
and reduced long-term maintenance.
Key environmental and cost say-

Above: Outdoorperformance stage, and below, north elevation fom across the lake. Allphotographs by George Cott.

ings were realized through this design
effort. They include optimizing ener-
gy performance with glass, insulation
and sun control for an annual savings
of at least $35,000 per year, reducing
water usage by over 20%, achieving
zero light pollution, complete reme-
diation of this former Brownfield site,
recycling over 70% of the construc-
tion waste and utilizing recycled
building materials.

The 45,000-square-foot facility
comprises almost an acre of interior
space organized to serve public, staff
and common purpose activities such
as exercise, education, training and
entertainment. There are 17 public
use rooms varying in size from the
largest, the Community Room, to the
smallest, the Recording Studio. The
Community Room can accommodate
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3. Reception
5. Fitness Center
6. Gameroom
7. Class Rooms
9. Leisure Services Offices
10.Athletic Offices
11.Recording Studio
13. Outdoor Performance

sports or be conveniently used for
large gatherings of up to 700 people
for public meetings, stage productions
and catered dinner events. The Stage
and Community Rooms are equipped
with modern sound and lighting sys-
tems. Dance and Floor Exercise Rooms
can be used as one large room or two
smaller rooms of equal size with spe-
cially "sprung" floors for low impact.
There is a fully equipped Fitness
Center, Arts & Crafts Room and
Game, Youth and Children's Rooms

outfitted to accommodate the interests
of a broad spectrum of age groups,
including older community members
with ADA needs.
Exterior space is organized to pro-
vide additional amenities including a
stage and the revitalized dual basket-
ball court and game surface. A play-
ground for children, sponsored by the
local Kiwanis Club, includes the lat-
est in playground designs that are
wheelchair accessible.

Project Credits: Collman &
Karsky Architects, Inc.:
Architecture; Creative Contractors,
Inc.: Construction; GreenTime,
LLC: Engineer; City of Dunedin
Leisure Services Dept.; City of
Dunedin Public Works Dept.

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Okeechobee County Courthouse okeechobee
Michael A. Shiff and Associates, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Above: Southeast elevation. Opposite page: View of the security portal as seen from the street. Photos by Matt Silk.

From the outset, it was obvious
that the design of the new 80,000-
square-foot, $12 million Okeechobee
County Courthouse presented a for-
midable challenge for the design team.
The most notable problem facing the
team was reconciling the stereotypical
image of a sleepy Florida city and
county with the reality of a burgeon-
ing population and the need for a state
of the art platform for the county's
court system. The facility needed a
strong judicial presence that was also
inviting. Extensive natural light in the
waiting areas, jury assembly spaces and
hearing rooms gives much of the inte-
rior a comfortable feeling.
The courthouse site is on the
north side of Lake Okeechobee on a
heavily traveled state road that

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extends from Stuart on the east to
Sarasota on the west. While popular
sentiment favored a building that pre-
served and/or reflected historic tradi-
tions, it was coupled with a strong
desire for 21st century cutting-edge
design and technology.
The program required space for
four juried courtrooms, two hearing
rooms, a central holding area, remote
holding spaces, judicial offices with

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The historic county courthouse, left, showing its juxtaposition to the new building. Photo by Richard Buell, AIA.

support, suites for the State Attorney
and Public Defender, court administra-
tion, jury deliberation, jury assembly
and offices for the Clerk of the Court.
The building is sited to anchor
one end of a public mall with the

main entry point facing the revered
historic courthouse (see site plan).
The security portal, with its pedi-
mented entry, was designed as a styl-
ized adaptation of the original courts
building. For security reasons, it also

provides a single point of entry that is
remote from any vehicular service
areas. Entrances to courtrooms are
crowned with pediments that help to
carry out the wayfinding theme.

Photo of courtroom entrance and visitor waiting area
by Lynn Rosa.

All public circulation and waiting
areas are located on the side of the
building facing the county's public
square and mall, thus providing the
public with the most impressive
views of the courthouse.

Project Credits: Michael A. Shiff
and Associates, Inc.: Architect; The
Walter Sobel Studio: Courthouse
Consultant; Land Design South,
Inc.: Landscape Architecture;
O'Donnell, Naccarato, Mignogna
& Jackson, Inc.: Structural
Engineering; L.B.FH., Inc.: Civil
Engineering; Henz Engineering:

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Alhambra 1751 san juan, puerto rico
Rafael Castro Montes de Oca, AIA and Jose Fernando Vazquez-Perez
San Juan, Puerto Rico

This project is located in the
Torrimar neighborhood of the
municipality of Guaynabo in the
Greater San Juan Metropolitan area.
The neighborhood is primarily com-
posed of single family, upper middle
class residences that are arranged in a

with open living space and a general
reorientation toward the patio. The
clients had a preference for loft-type
spaces and budget constraints estab-
lished the need for the greatest possible
reuse of the original structure.
The remodeled house utilized the

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"garden city" urban layout that is
characterized by curved, tree-lined
streets and small parks. The house
occupies a lot that is 950 meters
square and flanked by parcels of sim-
ilar size on the east and west, a street
on the south and the metro train sys-
tem on the north. Zoning is for sin-
gle-family residences with a penalty
for expansion over the original foot-
print even during remodeling.
The clients are a couple of young
attorneys with two small children. The
program called for the transformation
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same plastered reinforced concrete as
the original. Some of the structural
components are now exposed and the
house incorporates abundant glass,
brushed aluminum, brushed steel
doors, window frames and fixtures,
travertine marble floors and slate wall
cladding. Although the original struc-
ture did not meet the owner's spatial
needs, the architects were able to

reuse about 60% of the building.
A giant Japanese Oak that was
planted by the original owners domi-
nates the interior space. The new
design preserved the tree and focused
the living space toward it. The tree is
now an integral element of the house,
both as a light filter and natural air con-
ditioner. The design incorporates large
glass doors and windows, as well as sky-

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lights throughout the house, thus
reducing the need for artificial lighting.
The strategic placement of win-
dows creates a chimney effect that
produces natural ventilation. An air f "
current occurs as cool air enters the Above: Interior, looking north, showing loft space at the rea: Below: Northfacade showingpool and terrace. Th1
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dows and the rising hot air inside the -
structure escapes through south fac-
ing skylights. The main living space
has a south-facing sloping roof that
was designed to accommodate water
heating solar panels, as well as photo-
voltaic panels. 4"

Project Credits: Rafael Castro
Montes de Oca, AIA, Jose
Fernando Vazquez: Architects;
Green Engineering Group:
Structural Engineer; MGEnvico:
Electrical Engineer; FJM. .-
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The definition of "sustainable"
and "design" are important to any dis-
cussion involving the use of one to
describe the other. Webster defines
"design" as intent. If you intend to
do something, you do it by design. It
is in the level of awareness of the
impact of that intent that there is a
failure in design.
There are lots of definitions and
applications for the word "sustain-
able" ranging from the optimistic, i.e.
"that which meets the needs of the
present without compromising the
ability of future generations to meet
their own needs" (The Brundtland
Report, "Our Common Future,"
1987) to the amazing "being able to
love all of the children of all of the
species for all time." (McDonough,
W. and Braungart, M.: Extreme
Landscapes: The Lure of Mountain
Spaces, 2002). The latter definition
sets the bar quite high and presents a
big challenge.
Using the words together, as is so
often done today, takes into account
most of the implications of the design
intent. For example, most designers
like architects, interior designers and
graphic artists think about design in
terms of the aesthetic statement it
makes. They use color, form, texture,
light and space to make these state-
ments. For engineers, product design-
ers and again, architects, it is. the
functional requirements of the user
that dictate the design. The success
of the design is determined by the
designer and the user as to how well
the aesthetic or functional require-
ments have been met.
When an architect designs a stone
arch, a wooden floor or a ceiling with
exposed beams, he or she is designing
an aesthetic with a functional goal in

mind. But, in making those choices,
rarely is consideration given to the
trees that are cut down, the pollutants
that are released, the greenhouse
gasses that are being emitted or the
fossil fuel consumption that is occur-
ring. Although the project may be
beautiful when it's completed, it may
have cost a great deal in terms of
damage or depletion caused else-
Many times, if people looked at
the big picture, they would define the
end product of any design process as
not only ugly, but toxic. The infor-
mation a person needs to make an
accurate assessment about the toxicity
of a project is not easy to come by. As
a society, we don't keep track of the
cost to natural resources. People are
too busy to look for the information
or they never even considered the
environmental impact of the design
decision they made.
Ask the question, "where does it
come from and where does it go when
we're finished with it?" No designer

If we, as a society, want to
make good design decisions,
then those decisions must be
based not only on what the
finishedproduct looks like
and how it functions, but
also on the total cost of sup-
ply and waste caused by
those decisions.

intends for pollutants involved in the
building process to end up in the
groundwater. No sensitive person
wants to see forests cut down. No
one wants to live next to a strip mine
or a landfill. Statistics tell us that the
vast majority of products used in

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Western economies end up in land-
fills within one year although build-
ing materials and durable equipment
have a considerably longer shelf life.
Why do we do these things?
Because they are the "norm." They're
legal. Designers, quite literally,
design to a standard that is as harmful
as the law allows. And, they do this
because it's accepted and because the
press of our daily schedules forces us
to make quick decisions. The infor-
mation that designers need to inform
good decisions is not readily available
and many designers have a precon-
ceived notion that being sensitive to
environmental issues always costs more.
In the book, Green Development:
Integrating Ecology and Real Estate,
Bill Browning and his staff at the
Rocky Mountain Institute have put
together a number of examples of
how "greening" a project can actually
save money on first cost and the sav-
ings build from there. And, for many
of us, the bottom line is that it isn't
convenient or comfortable to really
look at the impact that our "intent"
has on the environment.
In the paraphrased words of David


Orr, Professor and Chair of the
Environmental Studies Program at
Oberlin College, "until we can design
things that cause no harm or ugliness,
human or ecological, in any place or at
any time, then we cannot call the
product of our design truly beautiful."
Until we learn how to produce that
which is truly beautiful, we have not
heard nearly enough about sustainable
design. Until we clean up our mess
and produce the way an oak tree does,
we can't call ourselves great designers.
An oak tree sequesters carbon, pro-
duces oxygen, fixes nitrogen, makes
food in the form of complex carbohy-
drates out of available solar energy,
provides habitat for other species,
responds to the seasons with an amaz-
ing show of beautiful color and self-

replicates. When we compare our best
design to that, it falls short.
So, can we design things that
work for a particular purpose? Yes.
Can we design things that are aesthet-

When we admit that we
most often design to a stan-
dard that is "as harmful as
the law allows," then our
design is, by those stan-
dards, pathetic.

ically pleasing? Yes. Until we can do
those things in a manner that is not
injurious to life on this planet, then
we haven't even come close to our
potential. The challenge is to contin-
ue to search for better materials, bet-

ter methods and better ideas. The
challenge is to stop depleting nature's
capital. The challenge is to produce
systems that act like forests, systems
that produce without creating waste.
When we can design products and
systems on that level, then we will
have learned the meaning of "sustain-
able design."

Peter Crawford, AIA, has worked
for Urban Studio Architects in
Tampa, Florida since 1993, with a
short break to walk the length of the
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