University of West Florida - College of Business


The College of Business project was a new 44,000 SF three-story office and classroom facility designed to LEED Silver Standard (LEED 2009).  The new education center complex, planned for completion in August 2012, will include an iconic three-story atrium/lobby, high tech classrooms, an outdoor seating area, café, computer labs, a counseling center, a career services center with interview rooms and other learning facilities available to students. The facility is designed to accommodate about 1,800 students and 50 faculty and staff members. 


Estimated Construction Cost:  $16,800,000

Mechanical:  Design includes two chilled water variable air volume (VAV) air handlers, one chilled water 100% outside air unit, energy recovery ventilator, shut-off boxes with hot water reheat, water-source split system variable refrigerant volume (VRV) air conditioning unit with four indoor sections, and a smoke evacuation system.  The two air handlers and one outside air unit combine to provide over 38,000 cfm, 180 gpm of campus chilled water, and over 125 tons of cooling.  The project also provided for demand controlled ventilation in highly variable occupancy areas such as the large classrooms. Computer energy model simulations of the proposed building showed a 31.6% improvement in energy cost compared to the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline building.


Telecommunications: Design includes card access, voice, data and television structured cabling systems design. Project features integration with classroom audio/visual systems for presentation capabilities using ceiling mounted projectors and fixed television monitors. In addition, the project features full implementation of wireless LAN connectivity building-wide for high bandwidth seamless roaming.  The building also accommodates voice and data communications throughout administrative areas, café, group study areas, and computer labs.  The structured cabling system will support an, IP based building card access security system and a direct digital Building Automation System (BAS) as part of an intelligent building design approach.

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