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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: July-August 1990
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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Florida Architect. Official Journal of the
Florida Association of the American Institute
of Architects, is owned and published by the
Association, a Florida Corporation not for
profit. ISSN-0015-3907. It is published six
times a year at the Executive Office of the
Association. 104 East Jefferson St., Tallahas-
see. 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 ex-
press permission of Florida Architect.
Single copies, $4.00; Annual subscription,
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Features






1990 FA/AIA Awards for Excellence
in Architecture 11

Langford Residence 12
Jan Abell Kenneth Garcia Partnership
Kassamali House 14
Harper Carreno Mateu Inc.
Restoration of Freedom Tower/
Miami News Building 16
R.J. Heisenbottle Architect, P.A.
PSB/UPH U.S. Coast Guard Base 18
Harper Carreno Mateu Inc.
American Automobile Association 20
Spillis Candela & Partners, Inc.
Caribbean Marketplace 22
Charles Harrison Pawley, FAIA

Center for Innovative Technology 24
Joint Venture: Arquitectonica and Ward/Hall Asso.
Toussaint Louverture Elementary School 26
Zyscovich, Inc.
Venetian Pool Restoration 28
H. Carlton Decker, AIA



Departments
Editorial 5
News 6
Books 9
Viewpoint 34
Design-Build Experience and Insights
Lee Ramos, AIA
New Products 39
From The Publisher 44
1990 Legislative Session: A Final Update
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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. Alien, CAE
Editor
Diane D. Greer
Assistant Publisher
Director of Advertising
Carolyn Maryland
Circulation
Steven Nye
Design and Production
Peter Mitchell Associates. Inc.
Printing
Boyd Brothers Printers
Publications Committee
Roy Knight. AIA. Chairman
Henry Alexander. AIA
Keith Bailey, AIA
Gene Leedy. AIA
Will Morris. AIA
Don Sackman. AIA
H. Dean Rowe. FAIA
Editorial Board
Ivan Johnson, AIA
Dave Fronczak. AIA
Roy Knight. AIA
President
Larry M. Schneider. AIA
25 Seabreeze
Delray Beach. FL 33483
Vice President/President-elect
Raymond L. Scott. AIA
601 S. Lake Destiny Road
Maitland. FL 32751
SecretaryTreasurer
Bruce Balk. AIA
290 Coconut Avenue
Sarasota. Florida 34236
Past President
H. Dean Rowe, FAIA
100 Madison Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
Regional Directors
John M. Barley. AIA
5345 Ortega Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32210
James A. Greene. FAIA
254 Plaza Drive
P.O. Box 1147
Oviedo, Florida 32765
Sr. Vice President/Membership
Services Commission
John Tice. AIA
909 East Cervantes
Pensacola. Florida 32501
Vice President/Membership
Services Commission
Ross Spiegel, AIA
2701 West Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 300
Oakland Park, Florida 33311
Sr. Vice President/
Public Affairs Commission
Henry C. Alexander, AIA
Smith Korach Hayet Haynie
175 Fontainbleau Road
Miami, Florida 33172
Vice President/
Public Affairs Commission
Joseph Garcia, AIA
3300 S.W. Archer Road
Gainesville, Florida 32608

FLORIDA ARCHITECT July/August 1990


EDITORIAL


With the advent of modernism as a style of architecture came the
general acceptance of the truth..."applied ornament is bad." Enter the
age of "less is more", rectilinear simplicity and impeccable purism.
Architects were given a new mission, that of producing "machines
for living." Gone was the age of chaos that marked the end of the
19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, that period when
architects not only adorned buildings with every conceivable historic
device they could think of, but when "the ornament" was synony-
mous with "the style" of the building. The landscape was dotted
with French chateaus, Queen Anne villas and Gothic country houses.
Oh, what a confusing time...for architect and client, alike.
Well, "less is more" came and became "less is a bore" and now
it's 1990 and behold, swans and dolphins ador hotel rooftops and
what's more, they're here in the name of serious architecture. Seri-
ous Post-modem architecture commissioned by the fantasy-meister
of all time Disney Development Company. Michael Graves must
have thought he'd died and gone to heaven when Disney approached
him with the Swan/Dolphin commission. Here, after all, was his
opportunity to design the stage set to top all stage sets, the Post-
modernist architect's dream come true. And, this project is all
Graves, right down to the paper parrots, paper palms and 47-foot
swans. And best of all, the Swan Hotel didn't cost any more than
the average new Sheraton. Will wonders never cease?
But, serious architecture? The Disney folks say it is. They take
the architecture they commission very seriously. Graves takes it
seriously. So seriously, in fact, that he's been quoted as likening his
work for Disney to Bemini's work for the Pope in the 17th century.
But, how seriously can we take buildings that are merely works
of extravagant and willful decoration. Buildings that make anything
done in the chaos of the last century look sane and simplistic by
comparison. Graves has redefined "applied ornament" even by PM
standards and in Disney Development he has found his Medici.
Praise and criticism of the Swan and Dolphin Hotels is rampant.
They have been critiqued, scrutinized and reviewed in leading publi-
cations from PA to the New York Times Magazine. The FA/AIA
will hold its Design Conference at the Swan in July. I'm looking
forward to an interesting meeting in an interesting setting. But,
serious architecture. We'll see. DG










NEWS


BOOKS

A Guide To The History of
Florida
Edited by Paul S. George
Greenwood Press, Hardcover,
$65.00

With a foreword by University
of Florida history professorSamuel
Proctor, this scholarly compilation
is a necessity for anyone interested
in researching Florida's long and
colorful history. Its editor, Paul
George, is Director of the Historic
Broward County Preservation
Board and an Adjunct Instructor of
History at the University of Miami
and Florida Atlantic Univeristy.
Florida's history has been volu-
minously recorded in books,
monographs, newspapers, diaries
and journals, memoirs and letters.
This bibliographic study is the first
to bring together these materials,
providing assessments of the avail-
able resources as well as discus-
sions of specific archives and col-
lections.
The first section of the Guide
consists of fifteen historiographi-
cal essays on major works and
scholarly interpretations for each
period of Florida's history and for
major topics. The second section
surveys libraries and archives that
contain important collections in
Florida's history.
Essays have been contributed by
thirty of Florida's best known
historians, archivists, librarians and
scholars. This book is a valuable
resource for anyone interested in
where to obtain historical informa-
tion about a particular place or thing
in Florida.
For information on how to order,
contact Judith Lipner at the Green-
wood Press, (203) 226-3571.

Architectural Shades and
Shadows
by Henry McGoodwin
The AIA Press, 120 pages, 81
illustrations, $32.95
(Reissue of 1904 edition)

This 1904 work, reprinted in
1926, was originally used to teach
architects and architectural drafts-
men how to give form, depth and


expression to their drawings
through the use of shadow casting.
Henry McGoodwin was edu-
cated in the Beaux-Arts tradition
and he used translations of Beaux-
Arts shades and shadows exercises
in classes he taught at the Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania. Finally, in
1904, with the encouragement of
some of his former professors at
MIT, the help of two of his class-
mates at MIT and the camera of
landscape architect Frederick Law
Olmstead, Jr., he produced his own
work. The study has long served
as a basic text, one of the few avail-
able for draftsmen.
McGoodwin covers tools, pa-
pers, and techniques, and using a
series of drawings and photographs,
explains the geometry of shadows
cast by various architectural ele-
ments.
The reissue of the 1904 edition,
a copy of which is in the AIA Rare
Books Collection, reproduces these
drawings from the originals, which
are now in the Prints and Drawings
Collection of the American Archi-
tectural Foundation. The introduc-
tion is by Tony P. Wrenn, an archi-
vist with the AIA who has written
for a wide variety of publications
on architecture and preservation.
To order a copy, contact Amy
Bohn at the AIA Press, (202) 626-
7585.


LETTERS


An Open Letter To
HRH Prince Charles

Sir:
Quite by chance on television,
I caught your recent words to the
AIA, and pondered that in a rela-
tively few years you may have done
more to redirect architects, devel-
opers and architecture toward a
sensible direction than almost
anyone in my time.
Only in recent years did it strike
me, with some chagrin, that Ad-
dison Mizner and his helpers, in
eight or ten "boomtime" years, did
more to influence the design of
Florida architecture than our office
did in half a century.
As I view the gauche building
designs of recent years and look
through history, I wonder how it is
that people continue to worship the
golden calf of pretentious, often
tinseled design from the Tower of
Babel until now.
My jaundiced critic's eye came
naturally, as, it seems, did yours.
Mine led me to a lifetime of archi-
tectural endeavor and I suspect there
are days when you'd like tohave had
that freedom.
I sense you have a reaction to
"tootall" habitats, but good reasons
abound forverticality, if we respect
shadow rights and get 3D access.
Perhaps for attention, Wright's mile
high proposal for highrise buildings
was overdrawn, but we haven't yet
come to grips with his premise,
underlined in your statement, "Our
cities do not need to grow uncon-
trollably."
All history makes this clear. To
achieve and maintain healthy ur-
banity, there is absolute need foran
equated density factor. Since ver-
tical habitations can't be avoided,
we must find ways to thin them out,
by making high density and inten-
sity pay its way.
Especially in dense urban areas,
land's market value relates to allow-
able use or intensity, so when one
holder is allowed density of 30,40
or 100 units per equivalent acre,
while an adjoining landowner is
restricted by zoning to two or three


units, without a positive tax equat-
ing factor for long term use limita-
tions, value is taken from one holder
and given to another.
During the 1970's here in Brow-
ard County, a small group began to


study the problem of how to con-
serve greenspace. Well, we found
"Density Equity" and under DE,
permanent low density areas and
greenspaces would not be forced
to "gocondo" by tax pressure from
adjacent high-density encroach-
ment. We were, however, unable
to generate enough agreement to
avert poorly managed over-density
and greenspace is becoming an
expensive memory.
Increasing volumes of people
agree with and applaud the use of
your"soapbox" to again present the
extreme dangers of overcrowding
and the diminishing effects of banal
architecture.
Your "ringing the bell" can go
far in pointing us all toward a new
Magna Carta update, foretold in an
earlier time by: "nor shall a person
be deprived of his leasehold, with-
out the judgement of his peers.

Robert E. Hansen, FAIA,
Emeritus

FLORIDA ARCHITECT July/August 1990















An Open Letter
About the
Florida Foundation
for Architecture

The Board of Trustees of the
Florida Foundation for Architec-
ture would like to take this opportu-
nity to thank all of the FA/AIA
members who have supported the
Foundation. Without your help we
would not be where we are today.
The FFA is a non-profit organi-
zation whose goal is to raise a $1
million endowment fund so that
scholarships and grants can be given
to worthy individuals who want to
pursue an architectural education or
conduct research or write a book.
There are many worthy projects
that the FFA would like to fund, but
before we can fund them, we must
meet our goal of raising a million
dollars.
Recently, the FFA invested its
first $50,000 in government-backed
securities. That investment will
generate interest which can be re-
invested. In addition, we are trying
to raise "big" money outside the pro-
fession by approaching Floridians
who are interested in supporting the
programs we endorse. We are very
happy to report that we now have
a Lay Board of Directors, a group
of high profile Floridians who have
agreed to help us reach our million
dollar goal. These new directors in-
clude Commissioner of Education
Betty Castor, Attorney Robert Mont-
gomery, Professor Dorothy Inman,
University Chancellor Francis Kinne,
Attorney Martha Barnett, Business-
men Robert Wilhelm and James
Apthorp, Art Collector Donald
Karshan, Editor Earle Bowden and
Myra Daniels of Naples. These
people are working hard on the
Foundation's behalf, but we need
your help, too.
Please send your tax deducti-
ble contribution for $25, $50 or
$100 to the Florida Foundation for
Architecture, P.O. Box 10388,
Tallahassee, FL 32302. Your con-
tribution will go a long way to-
ward ensuring the Foundation's
ability to help deserving people
and projects.
I thank you in advance for your
support.

Lee Ramos, AIA
President,
Florida Foundation for Architecture

FLORIDA ARCHITECT July/August 1990


AIA Document Revisions

The latest revision schedule for
AIA documents is listed here. For
quick reference, explanatory codes
1, 2, and 3 are listed below the
revision schedule.
A201/SC Federal Supplementary
Conditions of the Contract for Con-
struction. (1)
B511 Guide for Amendments to
AIA Document B141. (1)
B161/162 Standard Form of Agree-
ment Between Owner and Architect
for Designated Services and Scope
of Designated Services. (3)
G702/703 Application and Cer-
tificate for Payment and Continua-
tion Sheet. (3)
CM List AIOI/CM, A201/CM,
A311/CM, A511/CM, B141/CM,
B161/CM, B801, G722, G723. (3)
Interiors Documents A171,
A177,A217,A571,A771, B171 and
B177. (1)
1. Indicates the revision is in the
final stages and should be avail-
able in 6 months.
2. Indicates there is significant ad-
ditional review required and
should be available in 12 months.
3. Indicates revision is in initial
stage of review and the delivery
schedule is uncertain.


A512 New AIA Document A512
(Additions to the Guide for Supple-
mentary Conditions) was published
earlier this year. If you have a set of
handbooks that need to be updated
with this document or have in stock
outdated contracts, you can pur-
chase updated contracts through the
FA/AIA. Contact Scarlett Rhodes,
(904) 222-7590 to order today.
NAAG Update In reference to
the article in the January 4, 1990
issue of Engineering News Record,
the NAAG may work with the AIA
and the ABA to revise the model
construction published last year.
The NAAG task force that is cur-
rently reviewing the documents has
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Designers Propose
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"Beautiful forms, beautiful
forms," said Le Corbusier in 1924,
when describing the huge concrete
grain elevators looming on Amer-
ica's waterfronts and railyards.
Since then, declining use of ship-
ping and rail lines to move the
nation's grain supply has caused
these storage silos to be abandoned.
Now a New York-based archi-
tecture firm, The Eggers Group,
proposes that many of these vacant
elevators are ideally suited for
conversion into a new building
type prisons.
The Eggers Group cites many
reasons why grain elevators would
make good jails. Foremost are the
thick concrete walls of the silos,
constructed as cylinders to avoid
grain dust explosions caused by
internal pressure. These exception-
ally thick walls would provide built-
in security for ajail ordetention cen-
ter
The cost of the silo conversion
would be less than building a new
prison, the architects contend.
The EggerGroup architects have
developed a proposal to test their
theory by conversion of the Erie
Basin Grain Elevatoron Brooklyn's
waterfront into a detention facility
for 1,000 inmates. The design
would carve up the existing build-
ing which is as long as two foot-
ball fields and eight stories tall into
small blocks of nine semi-circular
cells. Each block would have its
own central control point from
which all cells could be viewed by
guard, a practice currently favored
by New York state.
If it works, it's an interesting way
to give old buildings a new lease
on life. AIA News Service.

CORREX
Apologies to the Broward
County Chapter/AIA for the mis-
titling of their Chapter Awards in
the May/June, 1990FA. Credit for
the chapter's awards was errone-
ously given to the Palm Beach
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Steven Brooke Wins
Rome Prize

Architectural photographer
Steven Brooke of Miami was re-
cently awarded the Rome Prize
Fellowship for 1990-91 by the
American Academy in Rome.
The American Academy in
Rome, founded by architect
Charles F. McKim, is a center for
independent study and advanced re-
search and is the only American
institution of its kind outside the
United States.
During his six-month stay in
Rome, Brooke plans to make use
of the resources there to analyze
historical approaches to pictorial
composition, particularly those
depicting architectural subject
matter, to include in a book on
architectural photography.
In addition, he will be working
with Robert Davis, founder of the
Florida town of Seaside and also a
Rome Prize winner, in preparing a
book on planned Italian towns.
Brooke was graduated from the
University of Michigan and re-
ceived his Masters in Molecular
Biology from the University of
Miami at the Institute for Molecu-
larandCellularEvolution. In 1979,
Brooke began to devote full time
to architectural photography.
In 1987, he received the Ameri-
can Institute of Architects National
HonorAward. Hehasalsoreceived
three "Photographer of the Year"
awards from the Florida Associa-
tion of the American Institute of
Architects.
Brooke's work is regularly
published in national and interna-
tional journals and books includ-
ing Architectural Digest and Pro-
gressive Architecture. He was the
photographer of Deco Delights, the
widely acclaimed book on the Art
Deco District in Miami Beach,
Viscaya Museum and Gardens and
MiamitheMagicCity. His recently
completed Miami, a book on Mi-
ami architecture, interiors and
garden design, is scheduled for re-
lease in September.

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Design Competition for
Miami's Brickell Bridge

The Downtown Development
Authority of the City of Miami,
through the New World Center
Foundation, is sponsoring a design
competition open to registered
architects and engineers for the
architectural enhancement and
illumination of the new Brickell
Bridge.
The Brickell Avenue Bridge
crosses the mouth of the Miami
Riveras it flows intoBiscayne Bay.
The site is rich in historical signifi-
cance from the time of an early
Indian trading post located near the
bridge site to the current situation
at the heart of downtown develop-
ment. As the City has grown along
and around its river, the bridge is
considered a "Gateway to Miami".
This 70-yearold drawbridge opens
upon demand and is operated by a
tender on a 24-hour basis. It is pres-
ently in poor condition and in need
of replacement.
In response to the bridg'c' poor
condition, the Florida Department
of Transportation agreed to con-


sider architectural options and the
Downtown Development Author-
ity established the Brickell Bridge
Gateway Committee to oversee the
progress of the project. The Com-
mittee decided to hold a design
competition in order to attract a
number of highly creative propos-
als for the bridge.
Cash prizes of $5,000 will be
awarded to each of five finalists.
Additionally, it is intended that the
winning competitor be retained as
design consultant for the project


execution. Confirmed jurors to this
date includeWilliam Lam, Rodolfo
Machado and Elizabeth Plater-
Zyberk.
Registration is open between
July 9 and August 20, 1990 with
submissions due by November 2,
1990.
For further information, please
contact Clyde Judson, Downtown
Development Authority, One
B.iscayne Tower, Suite 1818,
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Langford Residence Winter Park, Florida









Architect
Jan Abell Kenneth Garcia
Partnership
Tampa. Florida

Consulting Engineer
CourtneyWright Engineering -
structural
Ed Spivey, PE mechanical

Lighting Consultant
Davis Mackieman

General Contractor
S & M Contractors

Owner
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Langford

This project consists of addi-
tions and alterations to an exist-
ing builder's house of the sixties,
distinctive only for its location
on a large scenic lake.
The controlling horizontality
of the existing house suggested
the subsequent breakdown of the
structure into an assembly of its
parts resulting in a restatement of
scale.
A number of new parts were
introduced in order to complete
the collection of independent
forms that interrelate serially.
The treatment of these elements
as self-reliant, but interdepen-
dent forms reinforced this ap-
proach. One such element is the
boathouse. The deck asserts it-
self from the boathouse which
detaches itself from both ground
and water.



JURY: "This is a very interest-
ing composition. The plan is
very taut. The alteration shows
so much imagination that it's
hard to tell it's the same house."

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Kassamali House


Miami, Florida


Architect
Harper Carreno Mateu Inc.
Miami, Florida
Consulting Engineer
Hector de los Reyes PE
Landscape Architect
Raymond Jungles
General Contractor
Builtron, Inc.
Owner
Mr. and Mrs. Nasir Kassamali
This house is located on a
densely wooded site in an exclu-
sive residential area of Dade
County. The building, in pure
rectangular form, begins to inte-
grate itself into the site by ex-
tending its entrance approach out
into the site and wrapping it
around the landscape.
This entrance sequence be-
gins at a detached carport where
the automobile is isolated from
the beauty of the house and site.
The slightly elevated and curved
walk then guides the visitor to-
ward the house.
The sculptural form of the
house is bisected along its east-
west axis by a 10 foot wide sky-
light running the full length of
the house. This reinforces the
organizational ideas of public
and private spaces while keeping
all parts of the house in touch
with the outside and washing the
main living spaces in natural
light. The composition of the
skylight bisecting the house cul-
minates at the rear elevation
where a full height glass curtain
wall is all that stands between
the indoor/outdoor experience.

JURY: "This is a really "new"
house we have here. It's mini-
malist, but at the same time very
playful and when you put those
two things together, it becomes
very innovative and quite artis-
tic. It's also a nice display of the
grid."


Photos by Carlos Domenech


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Restoration of Freedom Tower/Miami News Building Miami, Florida





Architect
R.J. Heisenbottle Architects, PA
Coral Gables, Florida

Consulting Engineer
Maurice Gray Associates, Inc. -
civil/structural
Dalla Rizza & Associates -
mechanical/electrical

Landscape Architect
David M. Scully, ASLA, Inc.

Interior Designer
Tessi Interiors

General Contractor
Lear Construction Management
Corp.

Owner
Zaminco Freedom Tower Inc.

This building was originally
designed by architects Schultz
and Weaver in 1925 to house the
offices of Miami's oldest news-
paper. It was later used as a Cu-
ban refugee center. In 1974, the
building was closed and it re-
mained vacant until 1987 when it
was purchased.
The new program called for
the complete rehabilitation of the
building including returning the
exterior and lobby to their origi-
nal appearance. Level one con-
tains a 575-seat banquet facility
and the upper tlors are rented as
speculative offices.
The building is a landmark
listed on the National Register of
Historic Places.





JURY: "This appears to he a
very fine restoration of an excel- Photos by Dan For
lent I V .l2 s Mediterranean Re- i .-.1.i r'_t--
vival /'lildowL No detail has
been overlooked in restoring the t i
building to its original appear- : I
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PSB/UPH U.S. Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida




Architect
Harper Carreno Mateu Inc.
Miami, Florida

Consulting Engineer
Harper Carreno Mateu Inc.

Landscape Architect
Post Buckley Schuh & Jemigan

General Contractor
Frank J. Rooney

Owner
U.S. Coast Guard





This program called for the
design of four new buildings and
phased demolition of 22 existing
buildings while maintaining on-
going operations at the busiest
Coast Guard Base in North
America.
The Personnel Support and
Unaccompanied Personnel
Housing PSB/UPH Building
contains housing, food service, ..
exchange, medical and recrea-
tion facilities. The PSB/UPH ,j .-- i- _
Building is the frontispiece
which serves to organize sepa- /-
rate facilities which serve the
base's many functions. Several
programs are combined in this i
one facility which enabled the
architects to present a design so- I _
lution which was bid at over two .
million dollars under budget.
Selection of an exterior corri- / j ," -
dor plan for the building's top
floors helped provide its nautical '
imagery of decks with railings .. ---:- -
and shiplike massing. The plan
also makes the building appro- JURY: "Simple, straightfor-
priate to its context and climate ward and interesting. We've
for it is truly a tropical building, seen a lot of these white, con-
Recessing the exterior thermal create, horizontal buildings, but
walls provided overhangs and this one really succeeds. Com-
sun protection. Operable win- positionally, this building jumps
dows and breezeways take maxi- right out of the complex and
mum advantage of prevailing makes a strong statement."
winds to conserve energy.


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American Automobile Association Lake Mary, Florida



Architect
Spillis Candela & Partners, Inc.
Coral Gables, Florida

Consulting Engineers
Spillis Candela & Partners

Landscape Architect
Glatting Lopez Kercher Anglin

Interior Designer
Spillis Candela & Partners

General Contractor
The George Hyman Company

Owner
The Oliver Carr Company

When the corporate head-
quarters of AAA was moved to
Florida, the owner specifically
requested a "Florida" building.
hence the brise soleil, the ce- r -
ramic frit sunscreening of the B - -T r.
central atrium skylight and the .1 li I !!.
building location adjacent to r r r
ponds created for storm water . . .
management. Siting is informal,
on the crest of a rolling hill, with
the axis of the atrium aligned
with a vista across a neighboring
golf course.
Program requirements deter-
mined the need for two large
floors of equal size, which gen-
erated the building's form as two
long curving bars joined by a
monumental atrium space. The
diagonal symmetry of the two
bars shortens the building's ap-
parent lenihi and produces a
changing facade. constantly
transforming as the viewer
moves down the highway or
through the landscape.
Construction is of precast
concrete, insulating glass and STRESSCON's architectural precast concrete was used for the exterior of AAA.
aluminum-framed curtain wall. JU : "e
There is a barrel vaulted alumi- JU : "The l of the
screen wall on top of the mas-
num and glass skylight and alu-
sire main element is an interest-
minum louvered brise soleil. t
ing 'ontextual treatment. Also
of interest is an office i .udIlin
which responds to climatic con-
ditions in the hot Florida sun.
The hreezeway is more interest-
ing than most that you see."


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Caribbean Marketplace Miami, Florida

Architect
Charles Harrison Pawley,FAIA

Project Architect
Ernesto Cabrera

Project Team
J. Beattie
Jose Silva ..
Victoria Laguece '. .'

Consulting Engineers
C & A Engineers, Inc. -
structural
Currier Associates electrical
Franyie Engineers, Inc. -
mechanical

Interior Designer
Charles Harrison Pawley

General Contractor
Beauchamp Construction

Owner
Haitian Task Force

With a $500,000 budget, the
program for this project called
for remodeling a warehouse on a
tightly constrained inner city
site. The goal was to keep the
original flavor and excitement of
a Haitian marketplace. Tradi-
tional motifs were used on a
typically Haitian building. The
inspiration for the style was not
arbitrary, but authentic, and the
marketplace has given "Little
Haiti" a new identity.
The ventilation tower, which
is visible as a decorative feature
of the roof, is equipped with ex-
haust fans to make possible com-
plete natural ventilation of the
space. This is also facilitated by
more than 30 ceiling fans in the
market area and the use of ga-
rage-type doors which com-
pletely open up the street facade.


JURY: "This is not just another
building with a pretty face. It's a
well-composed, authentic, color-
ful building and we love the
metal roof. It looks like a build-
ing which is needed within its
context."



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Center for Innovative Technology


Herndon, Virginia


Architect
Joint Venture: Arquitectonica,
Coral Gables, Florida and
Ward/Hall Associates,
Fairfax, Virginia

Consulting Engineers
Patton Harris Rust &
Associates civil
Silver Associates, PA -
electrical/mechanical
Spiegel and Zamecnic, Inc. -
structural

Landscape Architect
Peter Walker/Martha Schwartz

Owner
Center for Innovative
Technology


The two main buildings in
this complex, the Landmark
Tower, an administrative office
building, and the Research
Building which will house a
large computer facility for soft-
ware research, are linked by the
Commons. This area contains
functions which serve both
buildings. such as a main lobby,
an exhibition gallery, audito-
rium, cafeteria and classrooms.
The most public of these spaces
is the lobby which is contained
in a clear glass prism shaped as a
segment of a circle. Intersecting
this volume is a white marble-
clad volume housing the audito-
rium. Areas needing extensive
servicing, such as the cafeteria,
are contained in the podium, ac-
cessed through a double height
space which also links the park-
ing entrance with the main
lobby. The materials in the
Commons reflect the technologi-
cal innovation of the tenants -
stainless steel, a metallic eleva-
tor shaft, a floating glass block
bridge and cantilevered glass
railings.


The Research Building, in
contrast to the verticality of the
Landmark Tower, implies hori-
zontal movement. It takes the
form of a parallelogram sliding
off of the parking platform. Fur-
ther emphasizing this direction,
the random pattern of silver, blue
and black glass is designed in a
horizontal manner.
The composition of volumes
and materials results in a power-
ful silhouette which is dramatic
from a distance while it incorpo-
rates the reflections and colors of
the surrounding landscape in its
facades.


JURY: "The plan is very
straightforward, but the posi-
tioning of the buildings gives it a
very sculptural quality. The sur-
face treatment is also quite un-
usual. We've never seen glass
handled in quite that way. The
architect has done a nice job of
pulling together diverse ele-
ments in a very sculptural way."


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Toussaint Louverture Elementary School Miami, Florida


Architect
Zyscovich, Inc.
Miami. Florida

Consulting Engineer
Donnell & Duquesne structural
Hufsey-Nicolaides Associates,
Inc. mechanical/electrical

General Contractor
Danville-Findorff

Owner
Dade County Public Schools -
Division of Educational
Facilities Planning

This two-story concrete and
masonry elementary school is
the first urban school to be de-
,igncd in Miami in over a dec-
ade. Its neighborhood demo-
graphics are such that the major-
ity of the students are Haitian -
Americans. Even though the
educational program require-
ments are identical to all other
facilities of this type in Dade
County, this solution strived to
accommodate the urban and so-
cial issues inherent in the inner
city.
Bright colors were used
throughout the building. The
lighting is all cnergr -Ce I I ll C
and consists of parabolic diffus-
ers for all classroom :luore'Mcnl
lighting. Natural ventilation is
achieved by the liberal use of
double louvers although the fa-
cility is centrally air-condi-
tioned.


JURY: "The plan of the build- -
ing is cI c % interesting, especially L r r I
the open courtyard with the1 L I I
punched wall dellin, the cen- f [ rI
ter. We like the way the pieces of i 5
the building are broken up with-
color so you can tell one build- .-
ing from another. The building
has a %livhtl\ unpredictable
qiazliit since you come in off-
center and then have to reposi-
tion yourself. The hbulddin is
ve'r 'Florida' looking."


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Coral Gables, Florida


Venetian Pool Restoration

Architect
H. Carlton Decker, AIA
Coral Gables, Florida

Consulting Engineer
Truglio & Smith Consulting
Engineers

Landscape Architect
Edward D. Stone, Jr. &
Associates

Interior Designer
Noreen Connelly, ASID

General Contractor
Lear Group, Inc.

Owner
City of Coral Gables
The preservation of this his-
toric 1926 pool and surrounding
buildings was insured by its
1989 restoration. Department of
the Interior Preservation Guide-
lines for the restoration of his-
toric buildings were utilized
throughout the project.
The pool was originally de-
signed for the purpose of making
an old coral rock quarry into a
functional recreational facility
for the community. Over the
years, it has become an impor-
tant landmark and cultural asset.
The building was originally
constructed with masonry bear-
ing walls and exposed beam ceil-
ings in the Mediterranean Re-
vival style which flourished in
South Florida during the 1920's.
Pecky cypress was used for
beams and decking and colored *---
stucco and Cuban tiles were used :]
for walls and flooring.
Restoration included repair
and/or replacement of masonry .
and stucco, paint, wrought iron,
windows, doors, roof tile, pool
joints and air-conditioning.

JURY: "This project is more
than a restoration. It's afesti-
val, an attraction that's one of a
kind. It's on a par with the
Biltmore and the architect de-
serves a lot of credit for doing
the restoration right."


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by Lee Ramos, AIA


My recent experience with the
design-build delivery system was
an interesting and satisfying one and
it proved to me that a very accept-
able product can be produced in the
private sector, as long as the design
criteria and program are estab-
lished.
The Rosilio House is a project
which I designed and my son, as
manager of LRA Construction,
built. It was originally conceived
and developed for marketing pur-
poses, although the developer was
considering using one of the units
as his own law office. The site is
on a heavily traveled main road
between downtown Miami and
Coconut Grove. It's located a few
blocks from a large commercial
area and the zoning allows for a
percentage ofthe building to be used
as professional office space.
At the outset of the design pro-
cess, our office had completed two
small renovation projects for gov-
ernment agencies using the design-
build system. Both had been suc-
cessful.
If you do not own a construc-
tion company and do not carry lia-
bility insurance, but do have a
general contractor's license, you
can work through your architectural
firm and negotiate A and E fee
payments as a separate line item or
include them in your construction
draws. The way this is handled will
affect fee payments as well as the
architect's cash flow.
On the Rosilio project, we worked
with a lump sum design-build fee
and after the design stage we bid
the major sub-contracts. We built
the shell on a cost-plus basis. Our
fee was paid on a monthly basis and
the cost of construction was paid
as the work progressed. On this
project, the owner made some
changes to improve one of the units
which he was considering using,
and that affected our profit. In the
future, we will have aclearerunder-
standing of payments for design
changes. We need to develop a


better design-build contract which
we run through the construction
company.
In the past, our office has done
several small emergency projects
for government agencies, and
frankly, they've been successful.
We also offer our clients construc-
tion management services. The
only thing we will not do is bid a
project which we have designed and
which goes through the routine,
publicbidding process. Wefeel that
bidding on these projects creates a
concern about our ethics, particu-
larly on the part of other bidders,
as well as clients.

On the other side of the coin....

I'd like tobe abletosay thatevery
design-build project our office has
been involved with has been suc-
cessful, but such is not the case.
Public projects have been difficult
Forexample, we recently teamed
up withacontractortodesignahigh
school. The owner provided a
single line schematic along with a
set of educational specifications.
We, as architects, had to do the rest.
The contractor hired the structural
and MPE separate from our firm and
negotiated separate agreements
with them. The contractor also
brought in all the major sub-con-
tractors.
Our firm was in charge of archi-
tecture and project coordination.
Our fee was cost plus a fixed fee
with that fee to be paid at the end
ofconstruction. This fixed fee was
higher than the average A and E fee.
All changes to the project were to
be paid at three times direct cost and
the contractor was to pay for all
duplicating costs. Everyone worked
on a contingency basis.
In preparation for the opening
of bids, our firm prepared design
development drawings and a
numberof rough contract document
sketches. This approach provided
adequate information for us to
estimate prices.


The Rosillo Residence was a very successful small scale design-build
project completed by Lemuel Ramos Associates in Miami. All photos by Carlos
Domenech.


We were the low bidder. The
general contractor, however, failed
to include the performance bond in
the envelope and we lost the proj-
ect to the second lowest bidder.
Since that particular general
contractor was known to us, we
never anticipated that such a prob-
lem would arise. But, it did. It's
important to be careful in your
selection of the people you'll be
working with and even if you know
them, plan to monitor work and
show interest in all aspects of the
process. Ifouroffice hadbeen more
involved, the missing bond incident
might never have occurred. As it
was, this experience cost us over
$30,000.
A second, and equally unpleas-


ant scenario, concerned a public
design-build project calling for a
370-student school for pregnant
girls. In this case, the owner only
provided an educational specifica-
tion and changed the criteria to two
envelope submissions. The first
envelope was to contain the design
documents, which the owner
judged on the basis of functional
adherence, etc. The second enve-
lope was to contain price estimates.
For this particular project, we
decided to use our own construc-
tion company. We brought in a
largercontractortoprovide the bond
and in so doing, gave up a large
percentage of the construction
profit, but were able to maintain a
normal design fee. We prepared the

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plans and produced the bid in-
house. The general Lt mnlrlctor got
involved in the final week and the
budget was S6.2 million.
Although we were low bidder
ithan e m,linnl..l ol Sh.4 nnllion.l the
owner had begun to experience
financial problems and therefore
reduced the scope of the project as
well as the budget. which was then
set at $5 million. At that point all
bids were rejected as being over-
budget.
The prioectl a adJ erinied. gain.
this time with a budget of $5 mil-
lion. The owner developed a new
schematic design based on the
information they'd received from
the previous submissions. Reluc-
tantly, we got involved, since we
already had so much time and
money invested in the projeCt
design. However, we were not
selected the second time around.
Since that loss, we have not pursued
any public design-build work and
we are reevaluating and redefining
our posture on design-build proj-
ects in general.
I have worked with all of the
construction delivery methods with
the exception of DGS's Negotiated
Fee Guaranteed Maximum Price
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Sixth negotiated not tocwceed proj-
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The 1990 Legislative Session: A Final Wrap-up
by George Allen, CAE, Executive Vice President


T he Florida Legislature was
ground to a halt a few mintues
after five o'clock Saturday morn-
ing on the 2nd of June. It was a slow
session to begin with, and it finally
ran out of steam once legislators
were able to agree on the $27.4
billion budget.
With more than 500 bills ap-
proved out of the 3,000 introduced,
one state official said that going
through this legislative session was
like rolling a wheelbarrow full of
frogs uphill. Another pointed out
that the legislative session was not
as good as it could have been, "but
then, when all is said and done,
there's more said than done."
The Florida Association/AIA
went into the session with two very
specific legislative initiatives on
their wish list. We wanted a stat-
ute to require plaintiffs to do a pre-
suit investigation to prove the pos-
sibility of professional negligence
before bringing suit against an
architect. We also supported leg-
islation which would make it man-
datory for building officials to be
certified to do their jobs. Neither
of the issues made it through the
committee stage. Legislators did
approve a resolution honoring the
profession of architecture and set
forth October 26 to November 3 as
"Florida ArchitectureWeek."
Here's an overview of those
issues and what happened:

Growth Management
Legislators listened to the de-
velopers and farmers who were
concerned that comprehensive
planning was destroying land val-
ues in the rural areas; then they lis-
tened to environmentalists and city
and county governments who were
concerned about the pronounce-
ments coming out of the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs. In the
end, legislators concluded that the
current act was doing what it was
intended to do, no one had a better
idea, so they simply left it alone.

Historic Preservation
The FA/AIA Board of Directors
passed a resolution in April asking


the Legislature to approve the
funding for seven of the historic
preservation boards around the
state. House and Senate appropria-
tions committees approved fund-
ing but in the last few minutes of
the session a bill needed to re-es-
tablish the preservation boards
died on the floor of the Senate. It
turns out that legislators were dis-
pleased with two of the boards and
they were not able to work out
compromises.
So, because the statute needed to
re-establish the boards failed to
pass, all of the boards faded away
with the "sunset" or in this case
with the sunrise of that early Sat-
urday morning. Language was
inserted in the Appropriations bill
which transferred the district office
staffs and buildings to the Secre-
tary of State's office. This will
keep historic preservation work
around the state underway and leg-
islators will take another look at the
issue in November during the or-
ganizational session.

Educational Facilities
Commissioner of Education
Betty Castor appointed a task force
last year to look into the efficiency
of use and construction of secon-
dary educational facilities. One
proposal encouraged school dis-
tricts to reuse plans developed in
other school districts. The task
force recommended that school
districts should be exempted from
utilizing the selection process
called for in the Consultant's Com-
petitive Negotiation Act(CCNA).
A bill was filed calling for the
exemption and after much lobby-
ing with the DOE and the House
Education Committee, we were
successful in having the exemption
removed. However, on the last day
of the session, the Senate Educa-
tion Committee chair decided to
amend the exemption back into the
bill. We went to work again and
got the House to take it out. The bill
finally passed without the exemp-
tion and with a requirement that
permission be obtained from the
architect of record whose plans are


being reused.

Worker'sCompensation
The cost of Worker's Compen-
sation premiums to contractors and
subcontractors in Florida has sky-
rocketed in the past few years. The
problem became so acute that
firms were closing down and mov-
ing to Georgia and Alabama where
rates were lower. The construction
industry went to work and con-
vinced legislators to revise the WC
law, reducing benefits and requir-
ing more people to be covered. The
new law requires contractors to
prove that they have WC coverage
with a Florida carrier and requires
construction company corporate
officers to be insured as well. The
trade off is a 25 percent reduction
in premium rates effective Sep-
tember 1, 1990.

Design/Build
The CCNA was amended in
1989 to allow public agencies to
utilize the design/build process in
the construction of public projects.
Included in that legislation was a
definition of a design/build entity
which indicated that public agen-
cies could only accept proposals
from "full-service" design/build
firms i.e., firms which included li-
censed contractors, architects and
engineers under a single corporate
umbrella.
A bill was filed this session to
broaden that definition to allow
joint ventures of contractors and
architects to qualify. This was
amended further to allow any con-
tractual arrangement between li-
censed professionals to qualify as
a "design/build entity". The issue
began to run into rough water when
contractors and subcontractors
who prefer bidding to negotiated
contracts began to voice their con-
cerns with the design/build process
in general. The House bill died on
the floor when a point of order was
raised and the Senate bill was never
heard in committee.

Building Codes
Legislators modified the state's


street level portion. This, of
course, is to allow space for wheel
chair vans to park. Plans sealed by
an architect prior to that date are
exempt.

Capital Outlay Budget
The $27.4 billion budget for
1990-91 includes a hefty amount
of dollars for building and renova-
tion of state facilities. Not all of the
construction money requires the
services of an architect, but a great
deal of it does:
--$95.6 million in buildings and
renovations to state agencies to be
managed by the Department of
General Services including a $12.8
million renovation of the Larsen
Building and an $18.7 million
prototype single cell institution for
the Department of Corrections;
--$341 million in projects to be
managed by individual state agen-
cies of which more than $100 mil-
lion is going to improve facilities
managed by the Department of
Corrections;
--$939.3 million for the Public
Education Capital Outlay(PECO)
fund of which $99.4 million goes
to buildings and renovations in the
Community College system,
$175.3 million goes to the State
University System;
--$103.6 million toward the pub-
lic facilities bonding program
managed by the Department of
General Services including begin-
ning work on the Satellite Office
Center in Tallahassee, and five
regional service centers.
If you have any questions about
any of these issues or would like
copies of the legislation which
passed, give us a call at 800-277-
7590 and we will be glad to provide
you with the information you need.


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