ASCC's 2015 WOW! Award

Aluminum pergolas shade walkways all around the two-story, reinforced-concrete Innovation, Science and Technology Building. It's topped by an aluminum sunshade that lets light, but not heat, through the glass ceiling.

Originally designed to be steel, the building’s structural material was switched to reinforced concrete by the general contractor. Baker Concrete provided an oval ring beam 72 inches deep and 30 inches wide, which supports the roof and provides the sternum to which a ribcage of structural columns attaches.

Florida Polytechnic University’s two-story, cast-in-place concrete Innovation, Science and Technology Building at night.

The building houses laboratories, classrooms, an auditorium, and offices.

Florida Polytechnic University’s two-story, cast-in-place concrete Innovation, Science and Technology Building houses 26 classrooms, an auditorium, faculty and administrative offices, an 11,000-square-foot Commons area, and 11 labs.

Students mill about Florida Polytechnic University’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building, which earned two 2015 Decorative Concrete Council awards: Architectural Cast-in-Place Structures (over 5,000 square feet) and the WOW! grand prize.

A total of 142 column portals spaced 8 feet on center in a curve frame the hallway and support the second story. They required triangular bracing between two columns, using self-consolidating concrete to monolithically pour. After column construction, the second-level elevated beams and slabs were done.

You can’t tell by looking at it, but most of the two-story building that anchors Florida’s newest and only public university devoted to science, technology, engineering, and math is made of concrete. 142 concrete column portals spaced 8 feet on center in a curve frame the hallway and support the second story. The portals’ shape required triangular bracing between two columns, using self-consolidating concrete to monolithically pour. After column construction, the second-level elevated beams and slabs were done.

Baker Concrete Construction’s work on Florida Polytechnic University’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building earned two 2015 Decorative Concrete Council awards: Architectural Cast-in-Place Structures (over 5,000 square feet) and the WOW! grand prize.

Architectural concrete began with 142 column portals spaced at 8 feet on center in a curving layout that frames the hallway and supports the second story. Their shape required triangular bracing between two columns, using self-consolidating concrete to monolithically pour. After column construction, the second-floor elevated beams and slabs were completed and followed by polished ground-floor concrete slabs.

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