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Florida International University - School of Law Miami, Florida

Florida International University - School of Law

TRC Worldwide Engineering Inc. provided structural engineering design and construction administration for the University's new $25 million College of Law located on the University Park Campus in Miami. The new Law School includes an auditorium, teaching laboratories, study centers, offices and campus support services. The project is 151,368 total gross square feet with 45% of assignable space allocated to the 3-story Law Library that holds approximately 200,000 volumes, in print and micro formats. The 60- and 80-seat classrooms are designed with tiered seating, and there are also two mock courtrooms, that include a Judge's bench equivalent in size to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Award:
2006 Best of - Colleges & Universities Category McGraw Hill / Southeast Construction

Key Structural Components
Floor system is a reinforced concrete slab on precast concrete joists
High-strength, load bearing concrete masonry unit exterior walls
Shallow spread footing foundation system
Reading room is supported by long-span, composite steel wide flange beams that float 50 feet above the auditorium below
Auditorium walls are 35 feet high with considerable glazing, and are constructed of a structural steel frame supporting long span, open web, steel roof joists
 
Design Team
Architect Team: Harper Aiken Donahue & Partners, Inc. & Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Structural Engineers: TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.
New Construction: 151,368 GSF
Construction Cost: $25 Million
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