Second Floor Renovations
Owner: University of Florida
Total Construction Value: $3,003,658
This project was designed to be a generational update for the UF Levin College of Law and both aesthetic and functional desires were very ambitious. All areas were completely remodeled including new HVAC ductwork and increased zoning, converting the existing air handling systems to variable volume while reusing the major units to save cost and time. A fully-ducted return air system was added for improved air quality while simultaneously achieving raised ceiling heights in most spaces. Achieving this required very close coordination and collaboration with our architectural and structural counterparts and has yielded a wonderful finished product for the users.
To complement the transformative architectural remodeling, state of the art lighting and lighting controls systems were designed by CSEI to provide various lighting levels, dimming controls, energy efficiency, and spaces that were multi-use. Significant design effort also was spent on coordination with the extensive data and audio/visual infrastructure in the new student and faculty spaces which feature the most modern collaboration, organizational, and presentation technologies.
The biggest challenge was that the entire project was designed and constructed in less than six
months. Through the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and a collaborative design-build an approach involving the construction management teams from the very beginning of the design phase, we were able to ensure that the project reached substantial completion and the users occupied the facility the week prior to students arriving for the fall semester.