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Title: Florida architect
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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: March-April 1992
Frequency: quarterly
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 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, Hon. AIA
Diane D. Greer
Assistant Publisher
Director of Advertising
Carolyn Maryland
Design and Production
Peter Mitchell Associates, Inc.
Boyd Brothers Printers
Publications Committee
Roy Knight, AIA, Chairman
Keith Bailey, AIA
Gene Leedy, AIA
Will Morris, AIA
Don Sackman, AIA
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Ivan Johnson, AIA
Dave Fronczak, AIA
Roy Knight, AIA
Henry C. Alexander, Jr., AIA
4217 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Vice President/President-elect
Jerome Filer, AIA
250 Catalonia Avenue
Suite 805
Coral Gables, FL 33134
John Tice, AIA
909 East Cervantes
Pensacola, Florida 32202
Past President
Raymond L Scott, AIA
1900 Summit Tower Blvd., Ste. 260
Orlando, 32810
Regional Directors
James H. Anstis, FAIA
4425 Beacon Circle
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
John Ehrig, AIA
7380 Murrell Rd., Suite 201
Melbourne, FL 32940
Vice President/Member
Services Commission
Rudy Arsenicos, AIA
2560 RCA Blvd., Suite 106
Palm Beach Grdens, FL 33410
Vice President/
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Richard T. Reep, AIA
510 Julia Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Vice President/Professional
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A series of surveys conducted in 1991 by the American Institute of Archi-
tects produced several lists ranking the latest and greatest among
America's architects and buildings. The results were rather predictable
and there were, in my opinion, no surprises, unless the inclusion of the work
of a female architect is considered surprising. The overwhelming choice of
ninety-nine percent of the respondents for the all-time best work of American
architecture was Fallingwater in Bear Run, Pennsylvania. It is also generally
considered to be the masterpiece in a career that produced countless other
brilliant pieces of architecture. In addition to the recognition of the Kauf-
mann home as his masterwork, Frank Lloyd Wright was also chosen as the
greatest American architect of all time by the 829 architects surveyed.
Wright has been so recognized countless numbers of times in the past.
Second place in that category went to Louis Sullivan with H.H. Richardson,
Louis Kahn, Thomas Jefferson, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, I.M. Pei,
Bernard Maybeck and Frank Furness rounding out the rest of the top ten.
The list of the top ten living architects is very different, of course, except
for the fact that I.M. Pei is on it...the only name on both lists. The living list
includes Robert Venturi, Charles Moore, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry,
Philip Johnson, Richard Meier, Fay Jones, Helmut Jahn and Cesar Pelli. As
with all things, time will tell.
Of more interest to me was the category of "Best New American
Buildings". The winner here was Faye Jones' Thorncrown Chapel, a building
which only measures 24 by 60 feet. It was constructed entirely of materials
that two workers could carry on a small path through the woods in a style
that the architect calls "Ozark Gothic." It reinforces my belief that bigger is
not necessarily better.
The other nine Best New American Buildings include the United Airlines
Terminal 1 Complex at O'Hare Airport in Chicago by Murphy/Jahn, High
Museum of Art in Atlanta by Richard Meier & Partners, the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. by Maya Ying Lin and 333 North
Wacker Drive in Chicago by Kohn, Pedersen Fox/Perkins & Will. The pro-
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ty of Seaside, Florida by Andres Duany & Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Michael
Graves' Humana Building, Arata Isozaki's Museum of Contemporary Art in
L.A., Cesar Pelli's World Financial Center/Winter Garden at Battery Park
City and the State of Illinois Center by Murphy/Jahn and Lester B. Knight &
Associates rounded out the big ten.
How do these ten compare with the 'Top All-Time Works of American
Architecture"? That list included the University of Virginia, the Chrysler
Building, Monticello, Trinity Church, the Seagram Building, the Robie
House, Dulles International Airport, the Gateway Arch and the East Wing of
the National Gallery. You be the judge.
On a sad note, although it may come as no surprise to those of us who
live and work here, the State of Florida had no offerings on the 'Top Ten
American Cities" in terms of architectural quality and innovation. In this cat-
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Florida Design Assistance Team Report
by Kenneth J. Hirsch, AIA, Chairman, FA/AIA Growth Management Committee Randolph Honored With

If you have ever been in-
volved in a R/UDAT, you would
remember it as a high point in
your architectural career. Since
the R/UDAT process has been
one of the most successful pro-
grams of the American Institute
of Architects, it represents one
of the best tools for the architec-
tural community to contribute to
the ongoing process of your city
or county.
Several states, including
Kentucky, North Carolina and
Minnesota, have recognized the
value of the design assistance
team program and have pooled
their professional resources to
work within a state organization
to solve community urban de-
sign problems.
The final 1989 report of the
Governor's Task Force on Ur-
ban Growth Patterns specifically
recommended that R/UDAT's
be used as a tool for educating
the public and establishing a
consensus on urban design is-
sues. Charles Zucker, Director,
Design Assistance Programs,
AIA, was instrumental in provid-
ing information to the task
Since this report was pub-
lished in mid-1989, the Palm
Beach Chapter/AIA has been
pursuing a county-wide R/UDAT.
The interest generated by the
R/UDATs progress has created
much discussion within the state
about design assistance teams
and the visioning process.
Naples, Florida accomplished
a R/UDAT in 1988 as part of
their comprehensive planning
process. Al French, AIA, has
stated that it was one of the
most valuable tools the commu-
nity used in determining a
vision for Naples.
The connection between the
use of the design assistance
team as a visioning process and
the comprehensive planning
process is now coming into
clear focus. What are needed
are comprehensive vision plans.
The Growth Management
Committee of the FA/AIA has


recognized this opportunity and
is pursuing the organization of a
Florida/Design Assistance
Team Program (F/DAT).
The Florida Foundation for
Architecture recognized the
value of the F/DAT program to
the Florida architectural profes-
sion and has pledged $5,000
toward the establishment of the
The most recent meeting of
the Growth Management Com-
mittee accomplished a strategic
plan for implementing the F/DAT
program. One of the members
of the Strategic Planning Com-
mittee was Ben Starrett, Direc-
tor, Strategic Planning and Pol-
icy Coordination, Department of
Community Affairs, State of
Florida. He pledged the support
of his department for a design
assistance team program and
the committee agreed to pursue
an education and training pro-
gram jointly with DCA begin-
ning in late 1992.
The next scheduled meeting
of the Growth Management
Committee will begin to quantify
budgets, timetables, professional
and educational resources based
on a multi-disciplined approach
to the design assistance process.
The FA/AIA has established
an ongoing dialogue with the
American Planning Association
(APA) as a joint effort in pur-
suing the interdisciplinary ap-
proach to the visioning process.
It is now clear that there is
significant support for the pre-
mise that all communities in
Florida need a vision and the
most appropriate avenue to get
this message across to elected
officials and leaders is through
the coordinated resources of
DCA, AIA, APA and other related
If you are interested in help-
ing create a vision for your com-
munity, contact Tom Sinclair at
the FA/AIA to find out more
about the F/DAT program.

Piccola Randolph, the 21st
National President of the Society
of Architectural Administrators
(SAA) and Administrative Assis-
tant in the School of Architecture
at Florida A&M University, was
just honored with the American
Institute of Architects' Richard
Upjohn Fellowship. Awarded to
Ms. Randolph in December,
1991, the fellowship is conferred
upon those individuals who have
contributed to the profession of
architecture through service on
the AIA Board of Directors.
Named after the founder and
first president of the AIA,
Richard Upjohn, the fellowship
is not a separate membership
class within the AIA. It is, in-
stead, a special honor that looks
at the contribution made by
board members to the Institute,
the profession and the public. It
was created by the AIA's Board
of Directors in 1991.
Among the special benefits
and privileges that are bestowed
on Richard Upjohn Fellows are
their own newsletter, a citation
from the AIA President, invita-
tions to events exclusively for
Upjohn Fellows, the use of
Richard Upjohn china designed
by Tiffany's and the right to be
called Richard Upjohn Fellow.
Piccola Randolph has devot-
ed her lengthy career to creat-
ing new educational programs
that will ensure the highest cali-
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Building for the

Commercial office buildings
designed before the "energy cri-
sis" of the 1970s contribute their
share to the environmental chal-
lenges we face today. Commer-
cial buildings create the nation's
greatest demand for new energy,
and they efficiently consume a

third of our total electricity. Left
unchecked, this figure will dou-
ble by the year 2020. Offices and
power plants that operate them
currently account for 14 percent
of the gasses associated with
global warming, 15 percent of
the nation's acid rain and close
to 25 percent of the nation's
harmful ozone-depleting chlo-
rofluoro-carbon emissions.
Many architects and engi-
neers today are working to elimi-
nate these problems in new
buildings by incorporating envi-
ronment-friendly ideas and mate-
rials into their designs while
retaining an emphasis on the
comfort of the human beings
who live and work within them.
In New York City, a preemi-
nent example of an environmen-
tally-aware building is the Audu-
bon Headquarters, currently
undergoing renovation and due
for completion early this year.
Working from the gutted shell
of a building in lower Manhat-
tan designed a century ago, the
freestanding structure is slated
to be one of the most energy-
efficient office buildings in the
The Audubon Building will
use very efficient heating, cool-
ing and electrical systems. It
will also employ a comprehen-
sive system of daylighting, us-
ing automatic sensors to dim
artificial lighting levels when
natural light is present in ade-
quate amounts. Insulation and
special window films increase
thermal resistance of the exte-
rior walls.
Recycling will also be a key
component in the new headquar-
ters. While under renovation, the
construction process will include
recycling materials on-site by
waste-stream separation, and
reusing these "waste materials"
as much as possible. Audubon's
own in-house recycling system
will consist of six categories of
materials that can be collected
throughout the building and sent
by separate chutes to the base-
ment. Some 80 percent of all
materials that enter the building
will be recycled.

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By Henry C. Alexander, Jr, AIA, 1992 FA/AIA President

Believe in the AIA and in the
vital role it plays in accomplish-
ing our goals for the architectural
profession. And painted with a
broad brush our goals have
been, and will continue to be, the
creation and fostering of an archi-
tectural profession that is fully
prepared to master design and
practice, to contribute to the art
and science of the profession and
to provide leadership in our
respective communities. We
must be fully prepared to deal
with a variety of concerns with
both our individual and collective
Sure, we admit that times
are tough. And, that's why now,
more than ever, the individ-
ual architect is strengthened
through the collective voice of
the FA/AIA.
We are strengthened profes-
sionally as we provide relevant
practice information directed
toward the development of pro-
fessional excellence. And, we are
further strengthened when we
implement programs which
heighten the public's awareness
of the architect's essential contri-
bution to the built environment.
Our membership is strength-
ened politically through our
Association's monitoring and
disseminating information on
legislative issues, and when we
actively seek to establish a dia-
logue with the legislature and
state agencies on issues which
impact our practice.


Membership is strengthened
socially when our Association
sponsors leadership training
programs and takes positions on
important social and economic
issues affecting our communi-
ties and our State. It is our re-
sponsibility as architects to lead,
not only in decision making, but
also in establishing the direction
of Florida's future growth and
And, perhaps most important,
our membership is strengthened
economically when the Associ-
ation takes steps to create a
healthy practice environment,
equipping its members with the
knowledge and tools to compete
in a changing market that is
fraught with intrusions to our
practice by other professions.
These are some of the
strengths that you, as individ-
uals, gain from membership in
the FA/AIA. In turn, the Associ-
ation's strength and influence
will grow, fostered by your
active involvement.
In the long view, we can
guide our future as architects
while bringing our considerable
talents to bear positively on the
processes that shape the future
of society. But, it is only as an
organization as a collective
force that we can accomplish
this goal.
To represent you, the Associ-
ation and its leaders need to
constantly question their roles,
their policies and their level of
responsiveness. I think we've
taken some positive steps in that
direction in terms of some of
the specific programs we are
implementing for 1992, all of
which are rooted in these long
term goals and objectives.

A few highlights:
* On the legislative agenda, sev-
eral key issues which could seri-
ously impact our profession are
being aggressively pursued.
These include the FA/AIA's
close monitoring of the pro-
posed sales tax on professional

services. The Association is
seeking passage of a "Certificate
of Merit" bill which would
require a pre-suit investigation
by the plaintiff's attorney in
order to file a claim against an
architect, engineer, land survey-
or or landscape architect.
Additionally, we are keeping
a watchful eye on the Governor
and Cabinet's plans to reorga-
nize state government In terms
of building construction, this
could mean each agency would
develop its own selection proce-
dures and contracting docu-
ments. This, naturally, would
involve greater costs for consul-
tants who would have to direct
their marketing and production
efforts to several agencies
rather than to a single agency.
* We are continuing to deal
head-on with engineering policy
issues in a most proactive man-
ner, and we promise to update
you on a timely basis once
mutual resolution of this issue is
reached with the BOAID.
+ The Florida Design Assis-
tance Teams (F/DAT) held
their first planning session in
early January to discuss key
issues and implementation
parameters regarding achieve-
ment of the multi-disciplinary
goals of this program, for which
seed money was provided by
the trustees of the Florida Foun-
dation for Architecture. This
innovative new program, which
evolved from a concept initiated
by the FA/AIA's Growth Man-
agement Committee will as-
sume a high profile role in com-
munity affairs regarding issues
relative to architecture, growth
management and planning.
* In an effort to broaden and
intensify the involvement of the
Board of Directors in working
with chapters and committees,
we have begun a new "hands-
on" concept. At our first Board
meeting in January, 1992, each
board member had the opportu-
nity to meet with committee
members of one of the three

FA/AIA commissions, each
chaired by an FA/AIA Vice-
president, to expand their
knowledge of and have signifi-
cant input into programs and
future plans of the Association.
* Plans are underway for our
Annual Conference which is
slated for September in Orlan-
do. This year it will be held in
conjunction with the Society for
Marketing Professional Ser-
vices (SMPS). This will provide
us, as architects, with an unpar-
alleled opportunity to access
some of the best marketing
minds in the business in tandem
with participation in the enrich-
ing programs our annual confer-
ence promises to offer.
As an organization, I believe
we recognize that the world is
changing, and our profession is
changing along with it. And, as
an association, I think it's clear
that we are willing and eager to
reach out with fresh ideas and
to experiment with new ways of
meeting the challenges of a
changing membership, mem-
bership needs and an approach
to our practice.


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The Office of Anstis
Ornstein Associates,
Architects & Planners, Inc.
West Palm Beach, Florida

Architects:- I
Anstis Ornstein Associates ':' --.
Architects & Planners, Inc. : '
Principal-in-Charge: r
James H. Anstis, FAIA ,- -f1 ~ ______- l ] I
Project Architect/Designer:
MichaelA Berk, AIA r it f I
Project Team:
Lawrence J. Shaeffer,
Osvaldo Mallo
Consulting Engineers:
Chane, Inc., Arnold I. Chane, PE
Interior Design:
Michael A. Berk, AIA

n 1986, Anstis Ornstein Asso-
ciates designed a two-story,
steel frame, stucco and glass
office building in West Palm
Beach, 3,600 square feet of
which serves as the firm's archi-
tecture and planning office.
The drafting area, one which
requires a maximum of light, Photo of conference room by Stephen L. Rosen, Inc. Floor plan, axonometric and photo of Lombard Center courtesy of the
has outside windows on three architect.
sides. The principal's offices
open onto the drafting area and
all interior spaces are organized r
so that the reception desk has ..
control from the entry to every
other part of the office. / 0 ]
Work areas are organized to I I I
provide semi-privacy to each
work station and yet permit
interaction between staff when r-------- ----
necessary. Each work station is ----- -
complete with drafting surface, 1 7
task light, side table, reference ..I D ICE
table, file, book shelves and tele- I D
phone. There are eleven work )
stations, three of which are
equipped as CAD work stations -
and one of which is the plot/
print section.
The office space also contains
a small fire-rated vault for the \ C
drawing records of the 20-year- R G I T V
old firm. The office is equipped I 0
with a fire sprinkler system and
it also has a complete electronic
security system.
The main conference room is
a round glass block cylinder
with charcoal carpet and con-


cealed spline acoustical tile ceil-
ing. The acoustic performance
is interesting here because of
the reflective nature of the glass
block and the absorbative na-
ture of the floor and ceiling.
Library material is dispersed
throughout the office as needed.
Codes, for example, are stored in
the drafting area, while the corri-
dors outside the workroom have
floor to ceiling shelves contain-
ing product catalogs that are also
convenient to the drafting area.
This interior project is the
creation of the architects who
use the space and its color
scheme and the choice of mate-
rials was tied to the colors used
in the firm's logo. The palette of
materials used in the ground
floor office includes painted
gypsum board walls and ceil-
ings, glass block, painted wood
doors and windows which hap-
pen to be poplar, tempered
glass, carpet and black-glazed
floor tiles. The color scheme is
black tile and dark gray carpet
for the floors, medium gray for
the wooden doors and windows
and trim and white for the walls.
All cabinets and desks are built
in of medium gray formica. The
artwork used throughout the
office is by Derek S. Anstis.
The link between the firm's
logo, which appears on all the
office's printed materials, and
the office interior was handled
in a very subtle way. A thin
strip of green, the accent color
in the logo, runs around the top
of the conference table, around
the upper edges of cabinets and
appears in several blades in the
mini-blinds at the windows. The
use of this "feature strip" is an
effective way of making a design
statement that doesn't intrude
on the office's subtle color
As both designer and client
for this project, the architects
who use the space say that the
comfortable work environment
has been a delight, not only for
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Facelift For A Florida School

East Naples Middle
Naples, Florida

Alfred French and Associates,
Naples, Florida
Structural Engineer:
Jenkins & Charland, Inc.
General Contractor:
Wright Construction Corp.
Collier County School Board

The program here consisted
of renovating and expanding
an existing middle school which
serves 600 students into a com-
plete curriculum middle school
of 154,000 square feet which
would accommodate 1108 sixth,
seventh and eighth graders.
The existing building was an
undistinguished single-story
brick building. The interior had
several large open areas with
ten-foot ceilings, but few win-
dows or other amenities. A new
image for the school including a
new entrance, sequence of
spaces and plan reorganization
was needed.
The site which the school
occupies is a flat, 16-acre site in
East Naples. It is accessible
from two residential streets and
has a number of large slash
pines and some existing playing
The new plan approximately
doubles the size of the original
building. A new entrance was
created and the library moved
so that it is now opposite the
main entrance. A central court-
yard, through which students
pass several times a day, is the
internal focal point of the com-
plex. The new design also creat-
ed higher sloped roofs at the
library and the intersection of
major corridors which are
translucent and admit diffused
light into these important
A parti was selected which
would permit extension of the
one-story building, but with new

carefully detailed masonry and
a new concrete-supported exte-
rior canopy system. This canopy
system, which has a pitched
Kynar-finished metal roof, con-
nects the old building with the
new and contrasts with the ma-
sonry walls providing color,
scale and weather protection.
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trusses was important because
they define entrances and nodes
and provide a termination for
exterior canopies. Concrete col-
umns and beams were designed
to be of uniform size to achieve
greater economy.
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wings is masonry cavity bearing
wall with concrete tie beams.
Brick soldier courses define
base, sill, lintel and entablature.
Custom designed windows and
the addition of functional ameni-
ties such as the handicap drop-
off area, help achieve a new
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Residence and Home
Office for Kate Konrad
and Mark Griesbach
Tallahassee, Florida

Mark Griesbach, AIA
Kate Konrad and Mark

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architect, to be built entirely by
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was to set up an initial budget
and then adhere to it rigidly. In
point of fact, the house/office
was built for $25 per square foot
and completed entirely within
With a four-inch poured con-
crete floor slab on grade, a
wood frame, plywood sheathing,
vinyl shiplap siding and metal
roofing, the house does not em-
ploy expensive materials. This is
all the more reason to laud its
rather elegant quality.
The house, which also serves
as architect Griesbach's office,
is sited on a heavily wooded lot
near the edge of a pond. South-
ern pine, gum, oak and dog-
wood trees are present in abun-
dance and the architect's goal
was to impact the natural envi-
ronment in a minimal way. As it
turned out, not one tree was
felled for building construction.
The house is designed to
accommodate two bedrooms
and one-and-a-half baths. Upper
bedroom walls were omitted,
however, to provide an open loft
and home office area. Another
self-imposed imperative, in addi-
tion to saving the trees on the
site, was that of providing
breathtaking views of the lake.
From a philosophical standpoint,
it was the architect's intention
to design a home that utilized a
vernacular North Florida vocab-
ulary. In retrospect, Griesbach
says he was greatly influenced
by the construction techniques
used in building tobacco barns


All photos by Randy Lovoy.


common to the area, all of which
have steep slope metal roofs and
lapped siding with windows set
high in the wall.
The interior of the house is
simple, little more than two
rooms up and down, but its han-
dling is elegant and somewhat
classical. Beyond the obvious
image of the single Ionic col-
umn which serves as a focal
point between the two main first
floor rooms, the house uses
glass block on either side of the
entrance where it replaces for-
mal sidelights in a contempo-
rary way. Happily, the large
four-part window directly above
the entry is not a Palladian win-
dow, which is much overused
and misused these days. Rather,
it is a simple, centrally-placed
opening which imparts the clas-
sic ideals of symmetry and bal-
ance in an upbeat way.


Double Curve Corporate Headquarters

American Automobile
Association Corporate
Spillis Candela & Partners, Inc.
Hilario Candela, FAIA
Project Director:
Ferron Stowe
Project Manager:
Charles Crain, AIA
Design Team:
Hilario Candela, FAIA
Michael Kerwin, AIA
Rafael Sixto, AIA
Interior Design:
Spillis Candela & Partners
Deborah Neve
Dean Newberry, IBD
Consulting Engineer:
Spillis Candela & Partners, Inc.
Landscape Architect:
Glatting Lopez Kercher Anglin
The George Hyman
Construction Company
The Oliver Carr Company
American Automobile

Early in 1986 the American
Automobile Association was
in the midst of making several
major corporate decisions which
would affect the company for
many years to come. Their first
decision was a commitment to
relocate their existing corporate
headquarters from the Washing-
ton, D.C. area to Florida. Their
next decision was to select an
architect to design their new
headquarters complex and they
decided on Spillis Candela &
Partners because of their exten-
sive headquarters experience
and their knowledge of the
Florida environment
Located on 39 acres in a 1,013
acre planned community, the
facility is informally sited on the '
crest of a rolling hill adjacent to
the retention ponds created for
the storm water management
system. Central Florida's rolling
terrain and unique climatic con-
ditions are largely responsible


for the "double-curve" form of
this corporate headquarters
office building. Designing for
Florida's climate meant siting the
building with consideration of
the sun's angle and intensity at
any given time of day, developing
energy-saving details, and select-
ing HVAC equipment and sys-
tems for energy efficiency.
Two curved 3-story wings
are bound at the center by a 75-
foot-high atrium space. The atri-
um acts as the major entry ges-
ture and the main communal
space for the entire building.
However, it also represented the
design challenge of managing
the intensity of heat and light
from the Florida sun. Spillis
Candela applied numerous ener-
gy-conscious design features
such as fitted glass on the sky-
light and wood shutters on the
adjacent interior office windows
to help mitigate any solar heat
gain created by the skylight.
Additional solar protection is
provided by an elegant brise-
soleil, built seven feet beyond
the exterior curtain walls creat-
ing a contemporary Florida
image for the building.
The building also incorpo-
rated a thermal storage unit
capable of producing approxi-
mately 4,100 ton-hours of cool-
ing. This helped to reduce
energy costs by shifting a per-
centage of energy usage, equal
to approximately 35% of the
building's total cooling require-
ments, to off-peak hours. Accord-
ing to John Thompson, Director
of Facilities Operations for AAA,
the headquarters building is
approximately twice the square
footage of AAA's former facility
in Washington, D.C., yet will
operate at approximately the
same cost.
Efficiency of design also
helped bring the sheer magni-
tude of the 660,000 square-foot
structure into practical perspec-
tive. The overlapping wings min-
imize travel distance from one
end of the building to the other.
Bridges span the atrium, effec-
tively creating square floor
plates for optimum departmen-


tal adjacencies. Most of the
building's infrastructure is lo-
cated in the curved sections,
leaving large, flexible open
spaces for the office area, com-
puter center, photo labs., cartog-
raphy studios and conference
Perhaps the most unusual
element of the building is its
"rotating" visual dimension. The
diagonal symmetry of the build-
ing form shortens the struc-
ture's apparent length and pro-
duces a changing facade,
constantly transforming as the
viewer travels along the nearby
interstate highway or through
the landscape.

The AAA Headquarters has
already received several design
awards including one from the
Florida Association of the Amer-
ican Institute of Architects and
the Grand Award from the Na-
tional Association of Industrial
Office Parks. According to Jim
Creel, outgoing President of
AAA, "When we decided to
move to Florida, we also decided
we wanted a handsome, energy
efficient facility which was truly
a 'Florida Building,' and I'm
pleased to say that is exactly
what we got."







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Help an addict
to fire him.
Addiction doesn't lend itself
to halfway measures.
Hard drugs lead to desperate
People who deal with the
problems of addiction say
that one of the few shreds of
hope for an addict is that a
spouse or a boss will get tough.
Divorce. Dismissal.
Prison. Those are the
alternatives that get addicts
into treatment.
If you want to help an
addict in your company, don't
be soft about it. Put the
proposition in clear terms:
Get well or get out.
It's no pleasure to
threaten people. But if you
don't care enough to get
involved, who will?
And, if you do care,
what should you do?
To find out how to set
up a treatment program in
your company, please call
1-800-843-4971. That's the
National Institute on Drug
Abuse hot line for managers
and CEOs. It's manned by
trained Employee Assistance
Program planners and
designers, from Monday
through Friday, 9:00 a. m. to
8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
They won't tell you what to
do, but they can outline the
options. Then you can really
help an addict.

Partnership ForA Drug-Free Florida
Partnership For A Drug-Free Ameica

28 FLORIDA ARCHITECT March/April 1992


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