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The Bio Science Technology Complex was completed in December of 2007 as a state-of-the-art science complex. Designed by the award winning architectural firm STH Architectural Group this two-story 91,000 square foot, $21.5 million dollar science complex features two buildings connected by a multi-media lecture hall and courtyard. One side of the buildings houses state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for the core science classes (biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, physics and chemistry). The other part of the complex is reserved for biotech classrooms and labs, environmental science, and environmental horticulture. Based on educated estimates, Florida's biotechnology industry will generate $2.1 billion in government revenue by 2020.

Biotech building

The College is addressing the most pressing needs of local business and industry by training well qualified bio-technicians with intensive hands-on experience, ready to perform in a demanding environment. In the new complex, biotechnology students will experiment with cutting-edge technologies such as recombinant DNA technology, protein production and purification, and bio-manufacturing. Palm Beach State College is training lab workers to go directly into the workforce as well as students who plan to pursue science degrees.

Using the Tilt-Up method of construction, Balfour Beatty Construction was able to build this project in a quick 10-month time period, resulting in savings for the owner both in time and money. The subcontractor was able to reuse casting slabs and work in different phases in order to work within the tight space.

 

bio science building at night

North Elevation at Night

 

details

Building Details

 

north stairway at bio science lobby entrance

North Stair at Lobby

 

ribbon cutting

Ribbon Cutting Event

 

wellness center

Wellness Center

 

labs

Labs

 

This two story 31,767 square foot building will be the first LEED Certified Project constructed at Palm Beach State College. The College is encouraging LEED Certification for all new construction projects. The design team on this project has instituted "Sustainable Design and Planning" concepts in conformance with the U.S. Green Building Council and the College Design and Construction guidelines to reduce the ecological burden and to increase energy efficiency. Our initial goal for this project was to achieve a LEED Silver Certification, however, with the expertise of the project team the college has been able to increase the project's rating points to a Gold Level. The project will be submitted for a LEED Gold Certification upon completion of the construction phase.

 

belle glade technical education center


The new Technical Education Center (TEC) is designed to consolidate instructional training and certification for a variety of vocational programs. This building will house facilities for vocational classrooms and labs, administrative offices, student support services, and ancillary functions as well as auxiliary facilities for equipment and material storage. The building will accommodate programs in Welding, Construction Trades, Law Enforcement, and Cosmetology The new building is designed for a future addition of approximately 8,700 S.F. to accommodate new programs in Heavy Duty Truck and Bus Mechanics, and an expansion of the Welding program.

As part of this project the campus Central Energy Plant and site utility infrastructure are being remodeled to accommodate the addition of the new building and the future growth of the campus. The Central Energy Plant will require a new chilled water production system. The Belle Glade Campus is currently operating with chilled water production equipment that is over 30 years old and has reached the end of its useful life. The operating and maintenance cost for this equipment exceeds the replacement cost on a life cycle cost basis. The new site infrastructure consists of a new electrical service for the entire campus. The current electrical service has no future capacity for the chiller plant upgrade or the future campus expansion. Other site utility infrastructure requiring new construction or remodeling includes a new pressurized water main and dedicated fire service from the County's new water line on the east side of SR 715 , the extension/relocation of existing sanitary storm water and chilled water piping, a new emergency natural gas generator and natural gas service and data / telephone cabling.

Site work for the project consisted of preparation of the building pad, including the removal of unsatisfactory soils ( "de-mucking") down to the coral rock shelf and replacing the soils with crushed stone sub base for the building and paving slabs. The site work also includes new roads internal to the campus connecting the existing and new buildings and parking lots, plazas, sidewalks, walkways between buildings, new landscaping, irrigation system, fencing, and site lighting.

 

front building elevation

Front Building Elevation

 

view from second floor balcony at student lounge.

View from Second Floor Balcony at Student Lounge

 

exterior building elevation of atrium lobby.

Exterior Building Elevation of Atrium Lobby. Low E - Insulating Impact Glass was used throughout the building to greatly reduce radiant heat transfer to the interior spaces without sacrificing light transmission and also to provide protection against hurricanes

 

solar screens on main lobby atrium exterior elevation

Solar Screens on Main Lobby
Atrium Exterior Elevation

 

detail of solar sun screens

Detail of Solar Sun Screens

 

view from stair landing inside lobby atrium looking out towards plaza

View from stair landing inside Lobby
Atrium looking out towards Plaza

 

view from second floor balcony looking at tables in dining area below.

View from Second Floor Balcony
looking at tables in Dining Area below

 

interior view looking up at cascading speciality ceiling inside lobby atrium.

Interior view looking up at cascading
Specialty Ceiling inside Lobby Atrium

 

view from stair landing in atrium lobby

View from Stair Landing in
Atrium Lobby

 

over 42 solar tubes were used to provide additional daylighting. the solar tubes have baffles that can shut off the daylighting when needed. this is a photo of the criminal justice training room with only daylighting being used to illuminate the space. on bright sunny days no artificial lighting is needed.

 

a 10,0000 gallon cistern collects rainwater from the roof which is recycled to flush all the toilets and urinals in the building.

 

led exterior lighting

 

solar tubes provide daylightiing to the shop areas with no heat gain to the space.

 

second floor corridor with polished stained concrete floor.

 

bicycle racks were provided for 5% of the occupants as part of the alternative transportation credit 4.2 for leed- nc version 2.2

 

recycling collection areas are set up thourough the building in compliance with our palm beach state college district wide recycling program

 

approaching the covered breezeway connecting the main lobby to  the wellness center and the north stair tower.

 

The Public Safety Training Center Firing Range was completed in February 2010. The construction of this 18,725 square foot indoor firing range completed the first phase of the 147,000 square foot Public Safety Training Center Complex to be located on the northeast quadrant of the Lake Worth Campus. The project was designed by Stephen Boruff, AIA Architects + Planners, Inc. and constructed by Balfour Beatty Construction. The Firing Range Building contains a 12 lane rifle firing range, a 12 lane pistol range, a range control room, a law enforcement classroom, lobby space, office space, restrooms, storage and mechanical spaces.

north west building elevation

 

 

Longitudinal Section thru Firing Range Building

longitudinal section through firing range building

 

one of the two 12 lane firing ranges with a target line and trap impact plates for collecting ammunition.

One of two 12-Lane Firing Ranges in the Facility with a Target Line and Trap Impact Plates for collecting ammunition.

 

view in firing range looking back at range contol room. lights and speakers are located above deflection baffles in ceiling.

View in Firing Range looking back at Range Control Room. Lights and speakers are located above Deflection Baffles in ceiling.

 

law enforcement classroom

Law Enforcement Classroom

 

west building elevation at twilight.

West Building Elevation at twilight

 

view from inside the range control room looking into firing range.

View from inside the Range Control Room looking into the Firing Range.

 

law enforcement recruits during a training session in firing range.

Law Enforcement Recruits during a Training Session in the Firing Range.

 

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interior remodeling photo of main interior stair. view from second floor

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natural science west elevation (front facing congress avenue)

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Common Area

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public safety training center complex

Public Safety Training Center Lake Worth campus

 

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