Rinker Hall, home to the School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, is a healthy place to learn, work and teach. The issues of site, materials and context are enormously important in this application, and the design foundation is based on natural systems of daylight and air. Other issues, such as building performance and careful attention to CO FIRMCroxton CollaborativeCAPACITY1,052COST PER SQ FT$168.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio selection, were part of the holistic process needed to design the facility. With such careful attention to sustainable-design elements, the building was awarded LEED gold certification.
The building houses faculty and graduate-student offices, classrooms, laboratory space and an outdoor construction yard. It incorporates a variety of sustainable-design elements, including daylighting strategies, a rainwater-harvesting system and an efficient mechanical system.
Recognizing the tremendous opportunity at hand, the school wanted to take the project further than simply designing an efficient, high-performance building, and sought to develop the facility itself as a teaching tool and laboratory for building construction. Based on this goal, the design team used a deeper, more fundamental reconsideration of architecture.