A signature landmark for the secondary entrance on the urban campus of Florida International University (FIU), the seven-story complex evolved from plans for a six-story, 1,450-space parking garage with two non-parking uses to a highly diversified, destination campus/community hub with 2,000 parking spaces and six other distinct uses. Program changes, spurred by fresh CAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$71.15FEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized and campus master plan revisions, occurred primarily after design/construction had begun. The complex nonetheless was completed on schedule.
•12,500-square-foot campus police station.
•6,000-square-foot food court.
•Rotunda with cyber lounge, and 13,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor seating.
•Three large-volume distance-learning classrooms.
•6,000-square-foot healthcare clinic.
•7,500-square-foot FIU parking/transportation offices.
Layering of architectural precast panels on the facade break up overall building mass, as do a flat roof with parapet, reveals and raised architectural banding. A 12-foot-wide canopy over a serpentine outdoor dining terrace focuses the eye at ground level.
The project is a case study in design flexibility, value enhancement through mixed uses, wise land use, aggressive/creative financial planning and sustainable design.