The FAU MacArthur Campus and Honors College are on a 135-acre site in Jupiter, Fla., donated by the MacArthur Foundation as part of the 2,000-acre “New Town Development” Abacoa. The community and the campus have been planned using the principles of New Urbanism. Because educational facilities are essential to these principles, the core of the new campus is within ASSOCIATED FIRMJones & Song, Interior DesignCOST PER SQ FT$135.14CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio distance of the town’s Main Street.
The initial program provides approximately 100,000 square feet of academic and 50,000 square feet of residential space for a specialized honors program. The architect used funds creatively to develop a campus rather than just a single building.
The nine buildings designed (six complete) establish the scale and character of the new facility. Academic buildings with classrooms, labs, faculty offices, administrative areas and a library define the campus core. A commons/dining building and three-story residence hall establish a transitional zone adjacent to commercial areas. Three additional halls (500 beds total) are planned. Parking, removed from the core, promotes a pedestrian experience. Landscaping, reaching out into the lots, provides easy, secure access.
The principal structures have masonry-bearing wall exteriors with interior concrete columns and pre-stressed concrete floors. Sloped roofs are metal trusses with composite metal deck and flat concrete tile.
"Integration and accessibility of the many facets of student life are reflected in this plan. A great place to learn."—2000 Architectural Portfolio Jury
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