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*I42 - William H. Johnston Building

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  • AIA Tampa Bay Design Awards
    2012 Merit Award

    Gould Evans
  • Old and new are stitched together in this mixed-academic use building in the heart of a historic campus. This 145,000 square foot, collegiate Jacobethan building consists of a complex program of classrooms, laboratories, offices, and learning commons which are arranged much like a building in a dense urban setting: very public and porous spaces at the ground floor level and a variety of semi-public/private spaces for seven academic departments "housed" in the upper four floors.

    The mixed-used program is celebrated by the intersection of horizontal and vertical - circulation and transparency. This concept is accentuated by a five-story atrium and curtain wall - providing each academic unit an identity within the building. Daylight, reflective surfaces, bright colors, and selective use of glazing provide a dynamic and welcoming backdrop to engage student activity, comfort, and collaboration.

    The renovation (67,000 SF) and addition (78,000 SF) are distinguished by inventive details; distinguishing use of materials and color; and, organization of programmatic elements to maximize the spatial opportunities within its adaptive reuse. The tailored and warm character of the 1930's collegiate Gothic and art deco interiors are contrasted - yet complimented by - the crisp and vibrant, contemporary finished of the atrium and addition. Many of the existing building elements were retained and refreshed to create spaces layered with history and meaning.

    A variety of shared spaces are provided to encourage a multi-disciplinary live, learn, and play environment. Many non-programmed spaces were provided to help student engage with one another and to connect diverse colleges and programs.

    The renovation and addition were constructed to achieve a 60% energy reduction according to principles of the 2030 Challenge and is certified LEED Gold.
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