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University of Florida Genetics & Cancer Research

Gainesville, Florida

The 280,000 s.f. seven-story concurrent facilities are LEED certified and clad with brick inlay architectural precast concrete panels which contributed in the points obtained in the Innovation & Design Process Category.

Design Assistance

The new Research Center is comprised of the South Research Tower, a 5-story research wing of the UF Shands Cancer Center, and the North Research Tower, a 6-story Genetics Institute wing. Both wings of the building are connected by a perpendicular five-level common concourse to facilitate researcher collaboration. The collegiate gothic university standards required a brick façade; however, early-stage design assistance with Gate Precast, resulted in a successful conversion to thin brick-faced precast concrete wall panels. Calculations from the construction estimates show the team saved over two months in construction time and $700,000 by using this precast design method.  In total, the Center is comprised of over 77 million pounds of concrete.

Precast System Details

140,026 square feet of brick inlay architectural precast concrete

Precast Concrete Advantages

  • Sustainability: Precast concrete’s durability and longevity make it an ideal choice for this sustainable building. In 2001, the UF made a commitment to environmental sustainability by adopting LEED criteria for design and construction of all major new construction. Precast concrete contributed to the sustainability of this project by incorporating integrated design, using material efficiently, reducing construction waste and site disturbance, improving energy efficiency, improving indoor environmental quality and reducing noise. (See INNOVATION CREDITS) The Research Center achieved a LEED Certified rating. (See LEED REPORT CARD) 
  • Reduction of trades and job site disturbance: The use of brick inlay reduced the amount of trades required. The reduction of trades also lessened job site disturbance since no scaffolding was required. Thin brick, which is hand-laid in a plant, produces zero construction waste.
  • Accelerated the schedule: Brick inlay precast accelerated the schedule and gave the team the ability to order curtainwall/windows and glass prior to the completion of the structure, which provided an early dry-in.
  • Improves indoor environmental quality: Encapsulating the buildings prior to the installation of the mechanical systems reduced the likelihood of airborne contaminants getting into the mechanical system during the construction process, thereby improving indoor environmental quality

The Proof

Four additional buildings could have been clad with thin-brick precast concrete panels with the material saved on the UF Research Center, which is equivalent to 400,000 sf. An extensive Life Cycle Analysis was preformed to equate the reduction in raw materials, energy, construction waste and labor created by using a brick-inlaid architectural precast concrete system versus using full bed depth brick.

Digital Design Resources

PCI Thin-Brick Standard Aids Design Specs
PCI Architectural Precast Concrete Specification Guidance

From the Architect:

"Precast concrete contributed to the sustainability of this project by incorporating integrated design, using material efficiently, reducing construction waste and site disturbance, improving energy efficiency, improving indoor environmental quality and reducing noise."

Paul Macheske
Director of Healthcare Design
Associate Principal
Hunton Brady Architects

General Information

Jacksonville, FL
Architect:
HuntonBrady Architects
Contractor:
Turner/PPI
Owner:
University of Florida

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