“This is the first major higher education project in the Miami market for DPR,” said John Planz, project executive for DPR. “We worked hard during pre-construction to come up with a plan that would not only keep the client within their budget, but would also expand the original building by nearly 36,000 square feet.”
Highlights of the six-story, 136,000 square foot facility will include a 10,000-square foot transgenic space, BSL2 labs, flexible research space, study rooms for graduate students, offices and faculty/student gathering spaces to promote collaborative work. The research and classroom complex facility will also provide Florida International University with its first major teaching lab, giving students and researchers the opportunity to conduct scientific research on campus.
Currently in the process of virtual building of the mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) trades, DPR is using full-scale BIM technology to compare drawings and plan electronically. In addition, DPR is installing the glazing at the precast manufacturing facility, which will save over $65,000 and cut four weeks from the glazing schedule.
The structure is anticipating LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for incorporating the latest in sustainable technologies and practices. Perkins+Will serves as the architect of record for this project.
About DPR Construction
DPR Construction, currently ranked #22 on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the advanced technology, life sciences, healthcare, higher education and corporate office markets. Founded in 1990, DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company that has grown to a multi-billion-