Florida International University, Academic Health Center 4

Science Classroom Complex

Miami, Florida

Project Info
Florida International University, Academic Health Center 4
Miami, Florida
Completion Date: 2013
Square Footage: 137,000

Awards:
Unbuilt Honor Award, 2011
AIA, Florida Chapter

Unbuilt Honor Award, 2011
AIA, Miami Chapter

National Design Award of Recognition, 2011
Society of American Registered Architects

The FIU Academic Health Center 4, also known as the Science Classroom Complex, creates a gateway to the Academic Health Sciences Center district within FIU’s main campus. Materials, scale, and pedestrian connections root the project in its context which serves as a multi-story portal to the Health Sciences district and connection to the greater campus and to the community.

The new facility provides research and classroom space for multiple colleges on campus. Disciplines within the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Computing, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Public Health and Social Work utilize the facility’s laboratories, lecture halls, student study spaces, and vivarium.

The building creates top-rated graduate learning environments where technology is seamlessly interwoven into hands-on learning experiences, while fostering collaborative interdisciplinary interaction, education, and research within disciplines and between departments. It also creates opportunities for structured as well as unstructured collaboration.

The design provides state-of the-art lab and research spaces that are fully flexible, permitting departments to expand and contract as needed and provides cutting-edge core facilities capable of supporting present and future research trends and needs. The building also includes a 10,000-square-foot transgenic space and BSL-2 laboratories.

The FIU Science Classroom Complex is LEED Gold Certified.