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 Front Cover
 Advertising
 Table of Contents
 Editorial
 News
 Past glories recalled in Jacksonville's...
 Architects create a perfect environment...
 An oasis for the retail experi...
 The cat's meow
 Office practice aids
 A palazzo in the grove
 Viewpoint
 Miami firm designs papal reception...
 State-of-the-art crime solving
 Site constraints dictate condo's...
 Back Cover






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Title: Florida architect
Series Title: Florida architect.
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
Creator: American Institute of Architects -- Florida Association
Florida Association of Architects
Publisher: Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: November-December 1987
Frequency: quarterly
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Subject: Architecture -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 4, no. 3 (July 1954)-
Dates or Sequential Designation: Ceased in 1996.
Issuing Body: Official journal of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.
Issuing Body: Issued by: Florida Association of Architects of the American Institute of Architects, 1954- ; Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, <1980->.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Front Cover
        Page i
    Advertising
        Page ii
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
    Table of Contents
        Page 9
        Page 10
    Editorial
        Page 11
    News
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
    Past glories recalled in Jacksonville's convention center
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
    Architects create a perfect environment at 25 Seabreeze
        Page 20
        Page 21
    An oasis for the retail experience
        Page 22
        Page 23
    The cat's meow
        Page 24
        Page 25
    Office practice aids
        Page 26
        Page 27
    A palazzo in the grove
        Page 28
        Page 29
    Viewpoint
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
    Miami firm designs papal reception platform
        Page 33
    State-of-the-art crime solving
        Page 34
        Page 35
    Site constraints dictate condo's silhouette
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
    Back Cover
        Page 41
        Page 42
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CONTENTS


Features


November/December 1987
Vol. 34, No. 6


Florida Architect, Official Journal of the
Florida Association of the American In-
stitute of Architects, is owned and pub-
lished by the Association, a Florida Cor-
poration not for profit. ISSN-0015-3907.
It is published six times a year at the
Executive Office of the Association, 104
EastJefferson St., Tallahassee, Florida
32302. Telephone (904) 222-7590.
Opinions expressed by contributors are
not necessarily those of the FA/AIA.
Editorial material may be reprinted only
with the express permission of Florida
Architect.
Single copies, $2.00; Annual subscrip-
tion, $12.00. Third class postage.


Past Glories Recalled in Jacksonville's
Convention Center
Union Station, once the "Gateway to Florida,"
has been restored to serve the public once again.
Myrtice H. Craig

Architects Create A Perfect Environment
at 25 Seabreeze
The Delray Beach office of Currie Schneider
Associates brings the outside inside.
Crystal R. Kauffman

An Oasis for the Retail Experience
Hibiscus Center in Naples is Mateu Rizo's
alternative to strip mall mania.
Diane D. Greer


The Cat's Meow
Slattery & Root's animal hospital gives new
meaning to "it's a dog's life."
Janet W. Swartz

A Palazzo in The Grove
Wolfberg/Alvarez & Associates has designed a mall
that functions successfully as an extension of the
street.
Mark H. Smith

Miami Firm Designs Papal Reception Platform
Maspons Goicouria Estevez designed for both
Pope and President.
Diane D. Greer

State-of-the-art Crime Solving
Davis & Associates new FDLE lab raises crime
solving to a new level.
Meg Rehse

Site Constraints Dictate Condo's Silhouette
A pie-shaped piece of property proved a challenge
for Richard A. Barnes, AIA, formerly of
The Design Advocates, Inc.
Renee Garrison

Departments


Editorial
News/Letters/Books
Office Practice Aids
Viewpoint


The cover photograph is of an interior hallway in The Terraces Condominium in Naples. Architecture is by
Richard A. Barnes, AIA, formerly of The Design Advocates, Inc. Interior design by Image Design, Inc.
Photo by Gabriel Benzur.


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Florida Association of the
American Institute of Architects
104 East Jefferson Street
Post Office Box 10388
Tallahassee, Florida 32302
Publisher/Executive Vice President
George A. Allen, CAE
Editor
Diane D. Greer
Assistant Publisher
Director of Advertising
Carolyn Maryland
Design and Production
Peter Mitchell Associates, Inc.
Editorial Board
Ivan Johnson, AIA, Chairman
Carl Abbott, FAIA
Bill Hegert, AIA
John Tbtty, AIA
Larry Wilder, AIA
President
John Barley, AIA
5345 Ortega Blvd., Suite 9
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Vice President/President-elect
John Ehrig, AIA
2333 E. Bay Drive
Suite 221
Clearwater, Florida 33546
Secretary/Treasurer
Larry Schneider, AIA
25 Seabreeze
Delray Beach, Florida 33444
Past President
James J. Jennewein, AIA
780 Ashley Tower
100 S. Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602
Regional Directors
Glenn A. Buff, FAIA
1821 SW 98th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33157
Mark Jaroszewicz, FAIA
University of Florida
College of Architecture
331 Architecture Building
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Vice President for
Professional Society
Jerome Filer, AIA
250 Catalonia Avenue
Suite 805
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Vice President for
Governmental Relations
Bruce Balk, AIA
290 Coconut Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 33577
Vice President for
Professional Development
Dean Rowe, FAIA
777 S. Harbor Island Blvd.
Suite 300
Tampa, Florida 33602
Vice President for
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Don Sackman, AIA
2869 S.W. 27th Avenue
Coconut Grove, Florida 33133
General Counsel
J. Michael Huey, Esquire
Suite 510, Lewis State Bank
Post Office Box 1794
Tallahassee, Florida 32302


EDITORIAL



This issue of Florida Architect examines a variety of small projects and one
large restoration with additions. It's an important end of the year issue be-
cause it examines the work of some firms who are producing work that is signifi-
cantly improving the Florida landscape, sometimes against great odds.
In Naples, architect Roney Mateu, of Mateu Rizo Associates, met with a lot of
opposition when his design for Hibiscus Center was presented before the City
Commission. But, Mateu, and his firm's design, prevailed, and hopefully some of
the "strip mall" mentality that is so prevalent around the State, has been
banished with the construction of Hibiscus Center. The FDLE Crime Lab in
Orlando was a long time coming. It met with many obstacles, including financing,
but the finished product, designed by Davis & Associates, is the largest and most
efficient lab of its kind in the state. In Coconut Grove, the task of designing a
shopping mall compatible with the "flavor" of the Grove fell to Wolfberg/Alvarez
& Associates. The very successful results can be seen in this issue. Breaks with
tradition can also be seen in the Coral Springs Animal Hospital which architects
Slattery & Root designed as a decidedly progressive and upbeat medical facility
and the Terraces by Richard Barnes, AIA, which is a West Coast condominium
that gives tenants all the advantages of luxury living in a beautifully designed
building. Currie Schneider Architects designed their own office with the goal of
creating a workspace that fosters creativity.
The Jacksonville Convention Center was a long-fought preservation project
which met with many roadblocks through the years. In 1974, while working for
the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of State, I researched the
old Union Terminal in Jacksonville and prepared a nomination to place it on the
National Register of Historic Places. I had always loved the building and had used
it many times when boarding the Silver Meteor en route to Virginia. Even with
the passengers and the trains gones, the terminal never lost its ability to conjure
images of the days when train travel was a luxurious experience.
Just before going to press with this issue, I became aware of an important
project which I hurried to find room for in these pages. To say that this project is
an unusual one would be an understatement. It was, for architects Maspons*
Goicouria*Estevez, a once in a lifetime project . one for which they donated
their services. It was the designing of the papal platform which was used by Pope
John Paul II and President Reagan when the Pope arrived in Miami. The graceful
blue sailcloth canopy provided a perfect Florida setting for the Pope's brief
appearance at Miami International Airport. It was appropriate to both the climate
and this highly significant event.
Season's Greetings from the staff of Florida Architect. With the continued sup-
port of the magazine's readers and the FA/AIA members in Florida, 1988
promises to produce another six issues of the region's best architecture.




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NEWS




Hollywood Architect

Lectures at UF

B reward Chapter AIA Presi-
dent Jeffery Gross was a
recent visiting lecturer at the
University of Florida where he
addressed high school students
from around the country who
were attending the College of Ar-
chitecture's summer Design Ex-
ploration Program. The course,
an introduction to the architec-
tural profession and design con-
cepts, is held each summer for
three weeks and is aimed at giv-
ing students an introduction to
what architecture is all about.
The students get a chance to ex-
perience design work in a studio
setting which includes model
building, drafting and render-
ing. While no prior experience
is required, the students must
compete for the few spots avail-
able in the program.
Mr. Gross's presentation in-
cluded a brief history of archi-
tecture and how the profession
is practiced in an office setting.
He also spent a day with the stu-
dents as a guest critic. This is
the second consecutive year that
Gross has lectured in the Design
Exploration Group and he hopes
to continue with future groups.
Gross, who volunteers his time
to the Design Exploration pro-
gram, is president of Jeffery
Gross, Associates, Architects,
P.A.
For more information on the
Design Exploration Program,
contact Christine Simpson at
the University of Florida, De-
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ARCH, Gainesville, Florida
32611.


Pictured left to right, Aaron Stadlin, Jeffery Gross, Architect, Evangeline Chang, David Fleisher, Martin
Gunderson, Program Instructor and Marnell White.


UM Image

Transformation Lab

Brings Designers'

Drawings to Life

t is hard for the layman to imag-
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The tool is image processing.
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This technology is intended
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Image processing has existed
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expensive. Now it's possible
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The Image Transformation
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June, is dedicated to developing
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laboratory's three project direc-
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and Erick Valle, are graduate ar-
chitects. The laboratory is de-
signed to test new technology,
particularly software systems,
and find applications for archi-
tectural design. The laboratory
also serves as a source of techni-
cal information for architects
and designers.
One of the new systems now
being tested in the laboratory
links AutoCad, a computer-aided
design program used by many
architects and engineers, with
image processing.


1988 FAME Awards

Coming Up


This is the fifth year of FAME-
Florida Achievement in Mar-
keting Excellence, and according


to Larry Kahn, President of the
Builder's Association of South
Florida (BASF), the competition
gets stiffer as the number of en-
tries increase each year.
FAME recognizes excellence
in Florida homes, buildings, in-
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scaping as well as in real estate
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FAME Awards ceremony, sched-
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Entrants compete directly
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All BASF, Florida Home Build-
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Chartered Association members
and associate members in good
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any product available for sale or
rent between December 1, 1986
and December 31, 1987. Market-
ing/advertising/public relations
materials for those products also
may be entered. There is no limit
on the number of FAME entries.
November 20, 1987 is the ten-
tative deadline for completed
entry kits.
Entry registration forms and
exact dates can be obtained from
BASF by calling Lynn Philbrick
at (305) 556-6300.


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New Commissions

F leischman-Garcia Architects
has been selected by the Lake
Magdalene United Methodist
Church to design a new 4,000
s.f. expansion to the existing
sanctuary, which will more than
double the current capacity. *
Schwab & Twitty Architects, Inc.
were selected through a design
competition to finalize the Palm
Beach Pavilion design. The am-
phitheatre and attendant facili-
ties will be built on a 30-acre site
in Okeeheelee Park. Florida
Land Design and Engineering,
Inc. has been retained by the
City of Melbourne to design Bal-
lard Park, a 9.8-acre park and
boat launch facility on the Indian
River. Lutheran Church of
the Palms is adding a 10,000 s.f.
addition to be designed by Schultz
and Collman Architects.
Models designed by Cano, Soto-
longo & Associates have opened
at Wedgewood Cove in Davie.
The project is being developed
by Lowell Homes and will con-
tain 174 luxury single-family
homes. Pasco County has se-
lected Fleischman-Garcia Archi-
tecture-Planning-Interior Design
and Florida Land Design and En-
gineering to design eleven parks
in the County's $13 million park
bond issue program. The
Cedarwood Companies of Akron
Ohio has selected Odell Associ-
ates Inc. to provide architectural
services for their $30 million,
220-room hotel and 85,000 s.f.
shopping complex on Sand Key
adjacent to Clearwater Harbor.
Odell has also completed the 70-
acre Master Plan for Knight
Commerce Center in Boca Ra-
ton. The complex includes a busi-
ness hotel, exercise course and
access to a major public transit
facility. The First United
Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach
has awarded the architectural de-
sign of a new Fellowship and Ed-
ucational Building to Davis &
Associates. The firm will provide
master planning for future ex-
pansions of the church campus
through 1995 and then proceed
with scematic design for a Fel-
lowship Building.


Fugleberg Koch Architects has
begun work on the third and final
phase of Sunrise Landings, a con-
dominium community in Port St.
John. FKA has been design firm
for the entire development which
will total 236 units at comple-
tion. Les Beilinson, AIA, has
been named special consultant
to the Preservation Foundation
of Palm Beach for the $450,000
restoration of the Palm Beach
Town Hall. The building was de-
signed by architects Harvey and
Clarke in 1925. KBJ Architects,
Inc. is designing the major ex-
pansion of the Orlando Interna-
tional Airport. The project in-
cludes more than doubling the
size of the existing terminal with
rental car areas, baggage claim,
ticketing functions and conces-
sions. A planned people mover
will connect the main terminal
to a new airside building which
contains 24 gates. Future plans
include a hotel and parking ga-
rage. KBJ Architects has com-
pleted design for the 383,000 s.f.,
23-story downtown office tower
for Rouse & Associates in Jack-
sonville. The building will be
headquarters for American Heri-
tage Life Insurance Company
and it is scheduled for completion
in May 1989.

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Award for Oakwood Villas, a townhome community located within the
2,400 acre master planned community ofBonita Bay near Naples,
Florida.

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Brown-Cleary-Smith + Asso-
ciates has designed three differ-
ent Mediterranean-style, single-
family homes for Lake Ridge
Club in Clermont. The Amer-
ican Automobile Association
(AAA) has selected the architec-
tural firm of Spillis Candela &
Partners to design its new corpo-
rate headquarters near Orlan-
do. AAA moved its main offices
to Florida in December 1986,
and the 350,000 s.f. corporate
office will be constructed on a
39-acre site in Seminole Coun-
ty. Fleischman-Garcia Archi-
tecture-Planning-Interior Design
has been commissioned by the
University of South Florida Foun-
dation, Inc. to design the new
Center for Economic Educa-
tion. Shoup/McKinley Archi-
tects and Planners, Inc. has been
commissioned by the Board of
Trustees Building Committee of
Boca Teeca to renovate and ex-
pand the existing 17,000 s.f.
Boca Tbeca Country Club. Shoup/
McKinley has also been commis-
sioned by Advent Lutheran
Church of Boca Raton to design
the final building of the Advent
complex, the Life Enrichment
Center and by the Palm Beach
County Parks and Recreation
Department to design a multi-
purpose community center for
Loxahatchee Grove Park. The
community center is the second
phase of the Park's 25-acre mas-
ter plan created by landscape ar-
chitect William Wilsher, head of
the Palm Beach County Parks
and Recreation Department.
Construction has begun on
Phase II of the Greenacres Pub-
lic Safety Complex with comple-
tion scheduled for early January,
1988. The 8,200 s.f. addition, de-
signed by Oliver-Glidden & Part-
ners will primarily house Police
Department facilities and will
utilize exposed concrete block
construction. Barretta & As-
sociates has been named associ-
ate architect with James Hartley
Architects for design of a 70,000
s.f. regional courthouse facility
for Broward County. Design for
the building will be based on


program recommendations from
Steinman, Grayson, Smylie,
courthouse programming spe-
cialists in Los Angeles. Schwab
& Twitty Architects, Inc. has com-
pleted designs for the St. Kitts
Club Hotel/Casino to be located
at Frigate Bay on the West In-
dies Island of St. Kitts. The ho-
tel will have 485 rooms and an
11,000 s.f. casino. Powell De-
sign Group, P.A., has completed
design on the Blue Lagoon, a
504 unit apartment complex and
3,000 s.f. clubhouse in Lake
Mary.
Construction has been com-
pleted on the Palmetto Office
Building in Winter Park designed
by Robert A. Harris, AIA. The
6,000 s.f. building was devel-
oped by The Real Estate Con-
sortium. The Evans Group
has designed both the commu-
nity and clubhouse for Hunter's
Ridge in Naples. Davis & As-
sociates has been selected by
ComTech Properties to provide
space planning and tenant im-
provements for approximately
80,000 s.f. at their Florida Cen-
ter Commerce Park in Orlando.
The new Turner Education
Center for Northwood Institute's
West Palm Beach Campus was
designed by Dow Howell Gilmore
Associates, Inc. to take full ad-
vantage of the Campus's pictur-
esque setting. The 38,000 s.f.
facility houses classrooms, ad-
ministrative areas, faculty of-
fices, a library and a public gal-
lery space. Dow Howell Gilmore
Associates, Inc. has just com-
pleted work on the Skills Devel-
opment and Multi-Purpose Labs
Building for the Greenacres Ele-
mentary School and the Palm
Beach County School Board.
Dow Howell Gilmore has also
completed construction docu-
ments for the St. Joan of Arc
Catholic Church in Boca Raton.
Construction of the 24,000 s.f.
church is due to begin in Novem-
ber. Gee & Jenson Engineers-
Architects-Planners, Inc. has been
selected to design an expansion
to the existing office/operations
areas and new press room and


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mail room facilities for the Palm
Beach Post. Maddox & Asso-
ciates, Architects, PA, has been
commissioned to design the
35,000 s.f. corporate headquar-
ters facility for Wellcraft Marine.
The $1.8 million building, which
will consolidate the company's
executive and administrative of-
fices, will be in Sarasota. Bar-
retta & Associates has completed
renovation of five of the eight
buildings in the former RCA
complex in Palm Beach Gardens.
Barretta is providing architec-
tural revitalization throughout
and building expansion in some
areas. The Jacksonville City
Council has awarded the Archi-
tectural/Engineering Profes-
sional Services contract for the
design of the new 1,200 bed Du-
val County Justice Center to the
Sverdrup Corporation of Jack-
sonville in association with Prime
Design, Inc. of Tampa. The eight-
story pre-trial detention center
and court building will be one
of the largest such facilities in
the Southeast. The Architec-
tural Partnership Inc. is proceed-
ing with the interior design for
the new Pembroke Pines City
Hall. Architects Jorge Cibran
and David Perez will incorporate
an open plan design using sys-
tems furniture in order to maxi-
mize flexibility in the $4 million
structure.


AWARDS/HONORS
She 100 Twiggs Street Build-
ing in Tampa has been recog-
nized with an Honorable Men-
tion in Building's 1987 "Excel-
lence in Building Modernization"
Awards Program. Originally con-
structed in 1925, The Stewart Cor-
poration Architects served as the
designer and architect for the
1986 modernization of the 12-
story structure. The building
was honored for "imaginative
and functional accomplishments
in building modernization."
The City of Coral Gables Hand-
icapped Advisory Board pre-
sented David Jay Feinberg, AIA,
with an Award of Merit for out-
standing efforts in designing a
totally accessible facility for
handicapped citizens in Coral
Gables at the Miami Rehabilita-
tion Institute. The structure was
completed in 1986 as the first
complete physical-social-psycho-
logical-outpatient rehabilitation
facility of its kind in Dade Coun-
ty. The building also received an
Award from the City of Coral
Gables Chamber of Commerce
for outstanding design.
The Tampa Port Authority has
presented the firm of Fleischman-
Garcia-Architecture-Planning-
Interior Design an award "in
recognition of their superior
performance in designing the
Garrison Channel Cruise Ship


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Terminal." The $1.3 million ren-
ovation involved the conversion
of an old metal warehouse build-
ing into a festive cruise facility.
Edward D. Stone, Jr. and Asso-
ciates (EDSA) has been recog-
nized by the Florida Chapter of
the American Society of Land-
scape Architects with three
awards in the Chapter's annual
awards competition. Awards of
Merit were presented to EDSA
for Barnett Plaza in the Urban
Design category, the El San Juan
Hotel in the Commercial cate-
gory and the Museum of Anthro-
pology in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mex-
ico in the Institutional category.
Benjamin P. Butera, AIA, has
been presented with three Au-
rora Awards, including one Grand
Aurora, for his design of a cus-
tom residence. The residence
which won Butera the awards
for Best Custom Home and Best
Kitchen is in Ormond Beach and
is a 5,000 s.f. residence with bev-
eled cedar siding.
Speaking to builders and de-
velopers from eleven southeast-
ern states, architect Charles L.
Charlan of Charlan, Brock & As-
sociates, addressed the need for
innovative land planning coupled
with creative design at the South-
east Builders Conference held
in Orlando in August.
Charlan showed examples of
how architectural details from
luxury, custom single family
homes could be incorporated
into attached housing reaching
densities of 14 units to the acre
and more, without experiencing
the expected increase in con-
struction costs.



CORREX

The two photos on page 35 of
the September/October, 1987,
issue of Florida Architect were
erroneously attributed to Steven
Brooke. The top photo of the ex-
terior of the Stan Jordan house
was taken by Joseph Steinmetz.
The lower photo of the house's
interior was supplied by Archi-
tect Mark Hampton and no photo
credit was available.
In addition, the house is lo-
cated in Babson Park, not Lake
Wales as indicated.


BOOKS


The Architecture of
William Morgan
By Paul D. Spreiregen (Uni-
versity of Texas Press, $49.95
Hardcover, 256 pages, 168 b&w
illustrations, 94 color photo-
graphs, 116 line drawings)

he University of Texas Press
will publish The Architecture
of William Morgan on Decem-
ber 15, 1987. The book is lavishly
illustrated and is a tribute to the
work of one of America's most
innovative architects. It reveals
the range and variety of Morgan's
work from his education at Har-
vard and his study under Gropius
to his constant desire to create
a natural harmony between build-
ing and site, often using earth as
an architectural element.
Morgan's knowledge of the
prehistoric architecture of many
cultures, along with his belief
that there is no such thing as
primitive architecture, only prim-
itive means, has made him unique
as an architect. In the foreword,
Harvard's Eduard F. Sekler re-
fers to the importance of Mor-
gan's interest in prehistory on
his work. "Without its deeply
moving lesson of directness and
close linkage to nature and the
land, he [Morgan] might have
remained just one of the many
capable architects whose talent,
training, and competence enabled
them to carry on and slightly
modify the tradition of the Mod-
ern Movement. As it is, however,
he was able to move beyond this
level in a creative career that is
still unfolding."
This retrospective look at the
first quarter century of Morgan's
work (1960-1986) contains repre-
sentative examples of both low-
silhouette, earth-sheltered build-
ings and multi-story office and
government complexes. As Paul
Spreiregen notes, Morgan's work
represents a continuity with the
fundamental principles that have
flowed through architecture
over the centuries.
The book will be available in
December from the University
of Texas Press, P.O. Box 7819,
Austin, Texas 78713.


Copyright 1987 William
Morgan. Reprinted courtesy of
University of Texas Press.


An Architectural Primer for
Prevention of Slip and Fall
Accidents: A Design Guide
By Dr. Randall Atlas, AIA
($10.00, including postage)


The author, a recognized ex-
pert on slip and fall accidents,
has made a publication available
to architects, designers and
building managers in pamphlet
format. The guide clearly states
the major building code require-
ments for ramp and stair design.
Also discussed in the booklet
are strategies which attorneys
use for establishing negligence
against architects and recom-
mendations on how to improve
step/ramp design and how to re-
duce fall liability. For more in-
formation, or to order, contact:
Atlas and Associates, 600 N.E.
36 St., Suite 1522, Miami, Flor-
ida 33137. (305) 325-0076.


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Past glories recalled in Jacksonville's Convention Center


Jacksonville Convention
Complex
Prime F. Osborn III
Convention Center
Jacksonville, Florida

Architect: Reynolds, Smith &
Hills
Construction Management and
Landscape Design: Veenstra
Rinaman Associates
Architecture Engineering
Planning
Architect-in-Charge: Richard J.
Veenstra, AIA
Engineers: Reynolds, Smith &
Hills, Inc.
Restoration Consultant: Hershel
Shepard & Associates
General Contractor: W.W. Gay
Mechanical Contractors,
Paxson Electric Company,
Demetree Brothers, Inc.
Interiors:
Interior Design Concepts;
Kitchen Larry Brock;
Graphic Design Meyers and
Associates.



acksonville's Union Station,
for decades the gateway to
Florida, has been transformed
by the City of Jacksonville into
a most extraordinary convention
center.
During its halcyon days, the
massive Greek Revival railroad
station was a mecca for travelers
to Jacksonville and destinations
south. It reopened last October
as the Prime F. Osborn III Con-
vention Center, launching a
new era in its colorful history as
a destination for tourists and
visitors. The landmark had
closed to train travelers in 1974
and remained abandoned and
nearly in ruin until restoration
began in 1984. The new use was
considered a creative way to sal-
vage an important landmark.
The building was originally de-
signed to handle large crowds
and therefore lends itself to this
particular adaptive use. The 1919
terminal was designed by archi-
tect Kenneth M. Murchison.


Above, the original ticket windows in the main waiting room of the terminal have been restored. Opposite page,
top, barrel vaulted concourse which connects old section of '-, .il ;.., ..t ri, r.. wing. Below, the original terminal
fully restored. Photos by Kathleen McKenzie 1987.


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The City of Jacksonville de-
veloped and executed the project
in partnership with a group of
private developers. The City
owns and operates the $33 mil-
lion convention center and
had a cost plus contract with a
guaranteed maximum. Every-
one involved in the project was
committed to producing the
highest quality product possi-
ble. The project was completed
on time and within budget.
The new use for the terminal
presented unique design chal-
lenges for the 22-acre site, par-
ticularly integrating the old and
new wings. The result was a
state-of-the-art convention cen-
ter which retained the historic
integrity and ambience of the
old Jacksonville Terminal.
The 50,000 square foot termi-
nal was expanded to 265,000
gross square feet by the addi-
tion of a new wing, which fea-
tures a 79,000 square foot
exhibit hall, a 10,000 square
foot ballroom, 18 meeting


rooms and a barrel vaulted con-
course which became the main
circulation corridor between the
original building and the new
addition. The concourse is linked
to the old terminal at a central
bay of windows which has be-
come the axial focus of the Cen-
ter. An escalator provides ac-
cess to the mezzanine lobby and
meeting rooms. The exhibit hall
contains almost two acres of
floor space for meetings, as well
as consumer and trade shows.
It has a 180 foot by 360 foot col-
umn free area with a 33 foot ceil-
ing clearance. There is a 5,000
square foot state-of-the-art
kitchen for the Center's in-house
catering service.
Renovation of the old Termi-
nal was preceded by extensive
research and documentation and
the State Bureau of Historic
Preservation reviewed every
architectural detail for accu-
racy. Preservation consultants
assisted the design team in iden-
tifying original paint colors, re-


FLORIDA ARCHITECT November/December 1987










searching old photos and recom-
mending interior and exterior
restoration procedures.
The Terminal was rewired and
new plumbing, heating and cool-
ing systems installed. Exter-
ior granite and limestone were
cleaned, patched and repointed.
A new roof was installed,
wooden windows were recreated
and a new hammered glass re-
placed the old ribbed glass.
The original marble-floored
waiting room has become an ele-
gant Grand Lobby for the Con-
vention Center. Heavily dam-
aged decorative plaster was
patched and repaired, and the
ticket windows, badly moder-
nized during the 1950's, were
restored to their original config-
uration. The 75-foot vaulted
ceiling, hidden in the 1960's by a
dropped acoustical ceiling, once
again enhances the grandeur of
this landmark.
A former restaurant area and
the old segregated waiting
room were also renovated, with
marble walls, coffered ceilings,
and plaster medallions and con-
soles adding elegance to their
new use as meeting rooms. The
barrel vaulted, stained glass
ceiling in a corridor room was
repaired and restored. In the
former ladies' room, an oval
stained glass ceiling was de-
signed to duplicate the original
which was destroyed years
before.
Interior design became a uni-
fying element in the project,
merging the old terminal col-
ors, floor tiles, carpeting, furni-
ture groups and graphics. The
Convention Center color palette
was borrowed from the original
colors of the five railroad com-
panies that once utilized the
Jacksonville Terminal. Pullman
green, burgundy, ochre, and
black were used in fabrics, car-
pets and paints. The carpet tiles
throughout are a custom design
intended to recreate an historic
patterned granite floor. In addi-
tion, a strong lead for material
and color selection was taken
from the existing architectural
materials of the building. Rich
surfaces such as pink marble
and gray-beige granites, green
ceramic tiles, and stained glass
colors of amber, rose, green and


blue, dictated the new color
scheme. Plaster mouldings were
delineated in shades of beige,
sand, rose and gray, creating a
three-dimensional quality to the
walls and ceiling and enhancing
the existing architectural detail.
Existing railroad features
were incorporated into the new
construction, insuring that the
Center retain a strong sensitiv-
ity to its history. The remains of
the earlier 1895 Flagler Termi-
nal walls became an important
element in the courtyard. The
brick was stabilized and re-
pointed and the tower rebuilt.
A restored passenger car, the
Orange Blossom Special, serves
as another meeting or reception
space, as well as a reminder of
past railroad days. The original
bumping blocks, which stopped
trains as they backed into the
terminal, are now an important
decorative element feature of
the Center. Flanking the bump-
ing blocks are three raised en-
trance doors to the ballroom
which resemble the platform of
a train car. The steel and cast
iron train shed, now enclosed
and carpeted, has become a
large lobby area, providing
generous unassigned space for
circulating. Neon signage, used
for years in the old concourse,
became an important decora-
tive element in the building's
design.
Since its October opening,
the Convention Center has
been booked over fifty percent
of the time for its first two
years (75% is considered
maximum in the industry). The
landmark structure has hosted
the Ramses II exhibit, drawing
375,000 visitors. In January,
1988, the Center will have the
95-day ABC Bowling T'urna-
ment that will bring 40,000 bowl-
ers to Jacksonville and will have
a $50 million impact on local
economy. The next step for the
City will be to attract a hotel de-
veloper to one of several nearby
sites. The convention center is
expected to serve as the catalyst
for hotel and entertainment de-
velopment in the area.
Myrtice H. Craig
The author is Director of Com-
munications for the Jackson-
ville Convention Center.


Photo, top right of original 1919 terminal and middle, the Osborne Convention Cen
in original concourse. All photos by Kathleen McKenzie 1987.


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Architects create a perfect environment at 25 Seabreeze


25 Seabreeze
The Offices of Currie
Schneider Associates
AIA, PA
Delray Beach, Florida

Architects: Currie Schneider As-
sociates AIA, PA
Project Designer: Robert G.
Currie, AIA
Interior Designer: Currie
Schneider Associates AIA, PA
Contractor: Doncy and
Associates
Owner: 25 Seabreeze Associates


Architects Currie Schneider
Associates' description of
the interior of their office is that
it has an atmosphere reminiscent
of "a perfect South Florida
day." They describe the exter-
ior as South Florida vernacular.
For the outside of the build-
ing, the architects selected col-
ors reflecting shades of sand,
red and blue colors which
occur naturally in the immediate
vicinity. In the lobby, a single
Corinthian column is used whim-
sically in a non-loadbearing
function, but its historical refer-
ence adds appeal to the build-
ing's contemporary lines.
There are windows on three
sides of every floor and a glass
block column was incorporated
into the main facade. The fourth
floor workspace is lit through a
vaulted glass ceiling on the
building's north side.
The fourth floor's 3,600 s.f.
serve as the architects' offices
and are the highlight of the
building. The space is extremely
open and airy and allows vis-


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itors to circulate freely and see
out from three sides. Glass
walls separate interior offices
and expand the feeling of bring-
ing the outside in. The offices
also provide views of the Intra-


coastal Waterway and royal
palms close enough to touch.
The design and drafting area is
completely open. It contains fif-
teen drafting spaces, each with
an ocean view. Beach umbrellas


were incorporated into the
drafting room as a playful inter-
ior design consideration as well
as to help stimulate the design
process. A glass-enclosed Con-
ference Room is adjacent to the


FLORIDA ARCHITECT November/December 1987










Opposite page, drafting room. This
page, top, main facade and bottom,
reception area. Photos by Dan
Forer.


reception area, and although
the room is soundproof, it is vis- Crystal R. Kauffman
ibly accessible.
Future plans for the office in- The author is Marketing Coor-
clude an expanded interior de- dinatorfor Currie Schneider
sign space on the fourth floor. Associates, AIA, PA.


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An Oasis for the Retail Experience




Hibiscus Center
Naples, Florida

Architects: Mateu Rizo
Associates
Design Team: Roney J. Mateu,
AIA; Armando M. Rizo, AIA
Engineers: M.A. Suarez & Asso-
ciates, structural; Ace Engi-
neering, Inc., mechanical, elec-
trical, civil
Landscape Architect: Raymond
Jungles
Owner: Hibiscus Associates
Contractor: Boran, Craig &
Barber Construction Co.


SA n oasis for the retail experi-
ence" was what Architects
Roney Mateu and Armando Rizo
were asked to design for this col-
lection of stores. Naples is a
city situated along a north-
south axis known as the Tamiami
Trail which is identifiable only
by the succession of strip center
after strip center with its sea
of asphalt parking lots and un-
controlled signage. The owners
wanted something new.
With this in mind, the archi-
tects designed Hibiscus Center
to open itself to the passerby,
be it vehicular or pedestrian.
This invitation to enter begins
from any spot where the build-
ing can be viewed since the
building and the signage are
one in the same, and distinct
from all the surroundings.
Hibiscus Center breaks the
monotony of the strip centers in
the vicinity by hugging the high-
way and buffering the necessary
parking from both the highway
and the shopping area. This was
a design idea so "revolutionary"
that the city fathers had a hard
time understanding and approv-
ing it. It has, however, become
a catalyst for some exciting new
architecture in the urban fabric
of downtown Naples.

Diane D. Greer


Photos Kate Zari 1987.
Drawing courtesy of the architect.


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The Cat's Meow

The Coral Springs
Animal Hospital
Coral Springs, Florida

Architects: Slattery & Root
Architects, P.A., Boca Raton,
Florida
Engineer: Henz/Vathauer
Associates
Owner: Dr. Lloyd S. Meisels
Contractor: Seawood Builders

Architects Slattery & Root
were faced with the problem
of designing a building whose
program called for approxi-
mately 3,100 s.f. of space on the
first floor on a site containing
only 3,200 s.f. of buildable area.
Since it was obvious that such a
structure would be tightly situ-
ated inside property and setback
lines, the only solution appeared
to be a rectangular building
with no fenestration on either
side per building code restric-
tions. The building was designed
with simple forms and a strong
tie to the adjacent residential
community. Exterior walls are
textured stucco over concrete
block. Four-hour fire-rated
block exterior partitions were
required due to the proximity of
the north and south walls to the
property lines. This increased
all the structural supports be-
cause of the weight of the dense
four-hour rated block. This also
caused a large eccentrically
loaded stem wall foundation
and an uncommonly large struc-
ture for the site.
The interiors were designed
so the building could function ef-
ficiently as an animal hospital.
There is workspace for twelve
employees. The lobby is a bright,
energetic space which features
large expanses of glass for nat-
ural lighting and a decorative
open stair leading to second
floor offices.
A multi-zone air conditioning
system with a sophisticated
charcoal filtering system was
installed to eliminate odors
in the animal containment
areas. This enabled the maxi-
mum use of pre-conditioned
environments, thereby maxi-
mizing the cost-effectiveness
of the system.
Janet W. Swartz
The author is Director ofMar-
ketingfor Slattery & Root.


Photos by O Bob Stein 1986. Drawing courtesy of the architects.


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OFFICE PRACTICE AIDS





Ramps, Railings and Rounded Edges


by Dr. Randall I. Atlas, AIA






This is the last in a three part se-
ries on stair design and stair
system safety.

A ramp is an inclined plane
which is used as a walkway
for pedestrians to move from one
elevation to another without en-
countering any obstruction. For
the handicapped individual, a
ramp is an important necessity
of life which provides safety and
improves the quality of life.
Falls on ramps often arise from
the failure of users to see the
edge formed by the level and
sloping surface. On an upward
slope the stride is suddenly short-
ened and the victim tends to fall
forward; on a downward slope
the stride is suddenly lengthened
and the victim falls backward.
Cues to the change in level are
important, and edges should be
as distinct as possible. For safety
sake, a ramp is preferable to
stairs because gentle slopes are
usually safer than steps.
Ramp fall accidents represent
only about 10% of all slip and
fall accidents, but that number
is increasing as older buildings
are being equipped with ramps
and most new buildings have
them at front entrances and at
level changes inside. The prob-
lem is that too often these ramps
are not being built to building
code and architectural barrier
standards for the handicapped.
Ramps should have a maxi-
mum slope of 1 in 12 or approxi-
mately 5%. The slope should not
vary between landings, with the
landing being level. Directional
changes should only occur on
the landing. Ramps also need


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handrails. One important re-
quirement of the South Flor-
ida Building Code is that level
changes less than 2 feet should
be accomplished by a ramp.
Thus, those couple of mystery
steps at your local mall probably
should have been a ramp and
not a stair.
Handrails have become one of
the architect's favorite items for
creative and aesthetic details. If
the handrail is not designed for
the human hand it poses a liabil-
ity risk. It is important to re-
member that a plaintiff may have
a good case where improper
handrails or no handrails were
present, even though it cannot be
determined what in fact caused
the person to fall. Where im-
proper handrails were present
or lacking, or a violation of the
code established, the plaintiffs
case is strongest.
A handrail should be at least
2% inches clear of the wall, with
the ends of the handrail returned
Sto the wall so that sleeves, hand-
bags, etc., are not caught and
the stairway user thrown off
balance. The rail should be un-
interrupted for the length of the
stairway and continue horizon-
tally for about one foot at the
head of the stairway and about
2 tread widths at the foot of the
stairway to lead the user into
and out of the stairway. Railings
should be within the accepted
range of heights above the pitch
line of 30-34 inches. The railings
should be designed to resist a
load of 25 pounds per square foot
(PSF) for residences, and 51 PSF
for commercial establishments.
The South Florida Building Code
states handrails must support
an applied minimum load of 200
pounds or 50 pounds per linear
foot.
Efforts should be made to elim-
inate sharp edges from the de-
sign of stairways to minimize in-
jury when a fall occurs on a stair-
way. Brick steps with sharp
jagged edges can produce serious
lacerations, yet the same bricks
with rounded edges would prob-
ably confine injury to bruising.
When a person falls while as-
cending a stair, the reflex is to
put the hands out in an attempt


to break the fall. With rounded
nosing the risk of injury is les-
sened, while sharp edges can re-
sult in cuts and lacerations. If
there are open risers and the
hand misses the tread, the vic-
tim may fall forward and hit his
face on the edge of the tread.
Injury to the user can be a lia-
bility issue for the architect, and


preventive steps should be taken
to reduce and limit exposure.
Stairs, ramps, and walkway sur-
faces should meet all local build-
ing codes and national standards.
Even when foresight and good
care is used, there is no guaran-
tee that it will prevent injury or
litigation. However, the issue of
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A palazzo in the grove


Grove Harbour
Coconut Grove, Florida

Architect: Wolfberg/Alvarez &
Associates
Principal in charge: David A.
Wolfberg, AIA
Project Manager: Marcel R.
Morlote, AIA
Project Designer: Rafael Por-
tuondo
Engineering: Wolfberg/Alvarez
& Associates
Owner/Contractor: Grove Har-
bour, Ltd.


C oconut Grove has such a
Strong village character and
so much local flavor that design-
ing any new structure to be
built within its borders is dif-
ficdlt. If the goal of the architect
is to design a building which
maintains the character of the
Grove, that task is doubly diffi-
cult. Grove Harbour, a new
commercial project by Miami
architects Wolfberg/Alvarez &
Associates, is one such project.
The newly created retail
street is a four-story galleria
that is heavily ornamented with
railings, balconies and pedes-
trian bridges connecting the
upper levels. The 28,000 s.f.
center responds directly to the
client's need for maximum store
frontage while providing ten-
ants with the necessary connec-
tion to the street. This retail
center is restricted by an ex-
tremely tight site which re-
quired careful consideration of
customer access and movement
and parking. The design solu-
tion involved the creation of
open and inviting spaces, the
focus of which is a grand stair-
case which ascends to a piazza
within the galleria.


Photos by Carlos Domenech.


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Grove Harbour's open inter-
ior functions successfully as an
extension of the street and jt en-
courages pedestrian activity.
Eight cafe restaurants are lo-
cated in the grande piazza and
offer European-style dining.
The top floor features a restau-
rant with covered terraces
which overlooks the courtyard
below. Bridges connect all the
upper level stores and add to
the movement and impact of the
space.
After dark, recessed lighting
adds emphasis to the show win-
dows and additional torchere
lighting heightens the drama of
the space and leads shoppers
into the courtyard.

Mark H. Smith


The author is Director ofPublic
Relationsfor Wolfberg Alvarez
& Associates.


FLORIDA ARCHITECT November/December 1987







VIEWPOINT


Medical malpractice review could impact

design insurance situation
by George A. Allen, CAE
Executive Vice President


Florida architects and engi-
neers, long beset by problems
of locating affordable liability in-
surance protection, should watch
carefully as state government
begins to critically review the
medical malpractice liability
situation.
A blue ribbon committee of
academicians and business lead-
ers has issued its preliminary re-
port to Governor Bob Martinez.
Charged with looking into prob-
lems of affordability and avail-
ability of all types of liability in-
surance, it chose to zero in on
medical malpractice because
problems in that field seem more
serious than in most other areas
of the tort and liability insurance
systems.
While this conclusion may
seem questionable to some in
the design and construction in-
dustry in terms of increases in
cost and exposure levels (and
rightfully so), the direction of
the committee was probably de-
termined more on the basis of
numbers and who can scream
the loudest than anything else.
Nevertheless, the blue ribbon
committee has submitted its re-
port with findings which are
similar to those in other areas
of liability claim areas and the
Governor has indicated he will
call the Florida Legislature into
session in December to deal with
the problem.
It is important for the archi-
tectural profession to be involved
in this special legislative session
on malpractice, if it indeed oc-
curs, because public policy on
these types of questions is rarely
totally segregated. Legislation
providing solutions for the med-
ical industry will more than likely
impact liability and tort law af-
fecting the design and construc-
tion area, if not directly in the
way laws are enforced, then cer-
tainly indirectly through the in-
surance industry's reaction to
them.


Therefore, here are some of the
more poignant findings included
in the 263-page report issued by
the Academic Task Force:
the cost of medical malprac-
tice liability insurance has in-
creased dramatically in the last
eight years with the last two
years being the greatest and
South Florida being higher than
other areas. Availability does
not pose a problem; (does this
sound familiar?)
medical malpractice insur-
ers have been slightly more prof-
itable between 1977 and 1985
than the property liablility in-
surance industry as a whole;
frequency of claims pay-
ments in Florida has increased
4.6 percent per year since 1975;
amounts of claims payments
have increased at a compound
rate of 14.8 percent per year
since 1975;
attorney fees and other liti-
gation costs represent about 40
percent of the total incurred costs
of insurance carriers. Claimants
receive 43.1 percent of the in-
curred costs. Since 1975, the av-
erage legal cost of defending a
malpractice claim has increased
at an annual compound rate of 17
percent; (another coincidence?)
increased claims frequency
results from a greater number
of injuries occurring as a result
of medical maloccurrences with
a much greater likelihood that
injured plaintiffs will file claims;
The Department of Profes-
sional Regulation disciplines a
relatively low percentage of phy-
sicians with multiple paid claims.
The FA/AIA has maintained a
Professional Liability Task Force
for several years to review prob-
lems and solutions to the archi-
tect's liability insurance situa-
tion. Made up of Jim Anstis,
AIA, John Barley, AIA, and
Bob Bell, AIA, this group will
be folded into a new standing
committee in 1988 known as the
Practice Development Commit-


tee. The reason for this is that
we have found that our liability
insurance problems do not stand
alone, but are tied in with on-
going governmental considera-
tions and educational needs of
the profession.
In the meantime, various pro-
posals have already been intro-
duced to the Legislature. Known
variously as the "Ogden Propo-
sal" and the "Gunter Proposal,"
they address tort reform and in-
creased professional regulation
of doctors. Public policy being
what it is, the FA/AIA will be
monitoring these proposals care-
fully to determine their impact
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Miami firm designs papal reception platform


W hen President Ronald
Reagan greeted Pope John
Paul II at Miami International
Airport September 10th, they
stood in the riiddle of the air-
field on an indigo-carpeted
podium, under a Pacific Blue
sailcloth canopy.
Maspons, Goicouria, Estevez,
P.A., Architecture/Planning,
Coral Gables, was selected by
the Archdiocese of Miami to de-
sign this temporary shelter. The
Archdiocese required a shelter
which could be easily assembled
and easily removed, with a size
restriction of 8' x 12' x 10'
high; upon a 3' high pedestal,
accessible by steps on three
sides.
The firm wanted a structure
which looked temporary but
which would provide maximum
visibility for this major event.
The airfield provided them with
the aerodynamic inspiration for
the sweeping curve of the can-
opy, which was, in effect, a
transformed inverted section of
an airplane wing. Recalling the
Baldachino typology as a prece-
dent, the structure also served
the purpose of enhancing acous-
tics and lighting.
While the canopy appeared to
be floating in air, it was solidly
secured to four independent
steel columns. The lightness
and color of the structure
created the South Florida feel-
ing which the designers en-
visioned. Tb provide the appear-
ance of strength, a marble ven-
eer was used to cover support-
ing columns.
Maspons, Goicouria, Estevez,
and Edward J. Gerrets, Inc..
General Contractors, donated
the services of their firms for
this event.


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State-of-the-art crime solving


The FDLE Orlando
Regional Crime
Laboratory
Orlando, Florida


Architect: Davis & Associates,
Architects, Planners & Land-
scape Architects
Engineer: Mechanical, Electri-
cal, Structural Tilden,
Lobnitz & Cooper, Inc.;
Civil- Professional Engineer-
ing Consultants
Interior Design: Associated
Space Design
Owner: The Florida Depart-
ment of General Services
Contractor: Noonan South


Public interest in forensic
science has helped bring
crime analysis to an increased
level of importance on both the
state and national level. The re-
sult is new and more efficient
crime labs in many of Florida's
major cities. The newest and
largest of these facilities is the
Regional Crime Lab in down-
town Orlando designed by
Davis & Associates. This high
tech lab processes ten thousand
criminal cases annually. Its de-
sign will be a model for future
state facilities since it is the
first designed exclusively for
use as a crime lab.
The facility is actually five
laboratories incorporating five
specialized sections which uti-
lize both laser and infrared
analysis systems. Project archi-
tect John Page, AIA, felt that
the challenge was to design a
building that would be opera-
tionally functional as well as ac-
cessible to the public for tours
that would not interrupt the lab
personnel.


Public accessibility of the
building was a central concern
during the building's design. It
necessitated extra wide hall-
ways and strategically placed
viewing windows. Circulation
corridors were designed with
recessed display panels where
photographs and other docu-
ments of interest can be viewed.
An intricate and sophisti-
cated security system protects
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars of state-of-the-art lab
equipment and a vault where
crucial evidence is stored. Even
the air-conditioning system re-
quired a unique design.


Photos by George Cott.


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The laboratory is a 37,000
square foot, two story concrete
structure utilizing a dark red
brick exterior with bands of a
darker brick and ribbon glaz-
ing. The interior corridor walls
are a combination of split-face
concrete block and sound absor-
bent wallcovering.
The crime lab renders assis-
tance to municipal, county and
state law enforcement agencies
for criminal investigations and
judicial proceedings. That in-
cludes a 24-hour crime scene as-
sistance unit. Any Florida law
enforcement agency can use a
crime lab to analyze a variety of
materials and situations and to
furnish expert testimony before
the courts concerning examina-
tions of related evidence. The
new building allows the Crime
Lab staff to offer analysis that
was not previously provided
due to space limitations. This
new building provides a pro-
fessional atmosphere conducive
to effective law enforcement
procedures.

Meg Rehse
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Site constraints dictate condo's silhouette


The Terraces
Naples, Florida

Architects: The Design
Advocates, Inc.
Principal-in-Charge: Richard A.
Barnes, AIA
Project Architect: S. David
Joiner
Engineer: Jenkins &
Charland, Inc., structural;
O'Neal Engineering
Associates, mechanical,
electrical
Landscape Architects:
Renfroe Landscape Co., Inc.
Interior Design: Image Design,
Inc.
Owner: Scott and Ray Lutgert/
The Scottsdale Co.


Photos of The Terraces by Gabriel
Benzur.


T his is the seventh highrise
condominium which the de-
velopers have built on the Gulf
of Mexico and they wanted this
one to be different. No more
stucco boxes like so many situ-
ated around their pie-shaped
piece of property. In addition,
the condos had to provide views
of the Gulf.
Interestingly, it was these
constraints that gave the build-
ing its silhouette. There is a con-
crete grid wall that steps down
two sides of the building's re-
flective glass exterior. The grid
gives the units which are adja-
cent to it the added benefit of
large balconies and terraces.
Special attention was given to
the design of interior corridors.
Each of the 117 unit entries was
recessed and staggered, offer-
ing tenants a greater degree of
privacy. Interior designers with
Image Design, Inc. devised a
method of color-coding entry-
ways so that visitors gazing
down a corridor might never
see two entries in the same
shade. The color sequence
varies, depending on the intri-
cate way in which each floor
curves.
Both architect and client
were seeking a fresh, yet sophis-
ticated ambience for the build-
ing, so pale green celedon mar-
ble from Mexico was selected
for use throughout the lobby
areas and around elevators.


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The main lobby of The Terraces was
photographed by Gabriel Benzur.







This cool expanse of green
spawned the color scheme for
the entire building teal and
coral with lavender accents.
Curving wall sconces, stone
planters and an architect-
designed fountain in the lobby
repeat the semi-circular shape
used on the southeast elevation
of the exterior.
Although the pool is located
on grade, a circular spa with
amphitheatre seating was ele-
vated to the third floor for
better views of the Gulf.
The 196,384 square foot
structure offers six floor plans
to potential tenants ranging to
as many as three bedrooms.
Renee Garrison

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ENTERPRISES, INC.
P.O. Box 5092
Clearwuter, FL34618
1-800-282-9821
Florida 813-443-7636


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A Stable R Value for 20Years


... is just one of the "extras" you
get with a Loadmaster Roof Deck.
Loadmaster is not ordinary roof
deck it's extraordinary.

Loadmaster Systems, Inc. produces roof deck
systems for commercial, industrial and
institutional buildings. The Loadmaster Roof
Deck is composed of high strength steel, thermal
insulation and high density mineral board
mechanically anchored to provide composite
strength. The assembly is a strong and durable
roof deck-ideal for most roofing applications.

Loadmaster puts its money where its mouth is
with a 20-year guarantee on R value retention.


For more information on this warranty and the
many other "extras" you get with Loadmaster,
contact your nearest licensed Loadmaster
contractor shown below.


LOADMASTER
o) SYSTEMS, INC.
THE DURABLE ROOF DECK


American Southern Roof
Deck Co.
5905 B Breckenridge Pkwy.
Tampa, Florida 33610
(813) 623-3746


Commercial Roof Decks
Division of Beacon Sales
Corporation
5905 Macy Avenue
Jacksonville, Fldrida 32211
(904) 743-9770


Commercial Roof Decks
of Orlando
700 Wilma Street
Longwood, Florida 32750
(305) 339-0050


Roof Structures, Inc.
6680 N.W. 17th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33309
(305) 972-4171


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SRD, Inc.
P.O. Box 579
Five Acre Road
Pleasant Grove,
Alabama 35127
(205) 744-6110






































































































































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