Eastern Florida State College Health Sciences Building

CDE recently helped Eastern Florida State College design a next generation education facility that will focus on Health Sciences.  CDE was tasked to design the entire mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems design for this new two story, 61,000 sq. ft. teaching facility.   The new building design was integrated into available space of the existing Melbourne campus and tapped into the existing campus cooling loop.  The new facility is the focal point of the campus entrance on Wickham Road.   The Health Science building provides offices, classrooms, and patient simulation areas that focus on teaching surgical, respiratory, radiography, diagnostic medical sonography, occupational therapy as well as physical therapy programs for the Nursing and Health Sciences department at the college.

The building is unique in that it incorporates Hospital equipment and services for hands on training programs such as an actual ambulance entrance to working critical care stations. The facility incorporates medical gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, as well as a vacuum system into its infrastructure for teaching purposes.  Alarms connected to a central nursing station can provide failure response training.  Operating room and x-ray tech room with operating x-ray machine were also included.

CDE is proud to say that the construction of this facility was completed in early 2017 and the building currently in use helping train the next wave of heath care professionals.

UCF Wayne Densch Expansion Building

This project involves the design of a new 40,000 sq. ft building located between the existing Wayne Densch Athletic Offices and the Nicholson Field House. The building will be two stories and include training, classroom, locker rooms, and offices.

The project is designed to be constructed in multiple phases. The First Phase, or “shell building” will include first and second floors, exterior walls without interior finishes, but including windows, doors and storefront systems and roof.  Interior, fire-rated corridors will provide egress from the Wayne Densch Center to the exterior on the first floor and similar corridors leading to the egress stairs on the second floor.   Future phases will be incorporated as funding permits through budgeting and donations.

The “Shell Building” has been customized through design charrette with the Athletics and facilities department to ensure the program desired for the buildout can be accommodated. Close coordination was also required to address budget constraints and University Design standards.

Daytona State College Thermal Energy Storage System

In 2012, CDE was tasked to study a thermal storage system (TES) for the Daytona campus of Daytona State College. TES is a system that makes ice of chilled water using a lower electric rate, often during off-peak demand hours for electricity. The ice or chilled water is then used during peak hours to cool buildings. CDE reviewed the options of providing ice storage and chilled water storage system. Based on the energy cost savings review and lifecycle cost analysis, CDE recommended a 2.5-million gallon chilled water storage tank which could have a payback in less than nine years.

Daytona State College secured funding for the $3 million that CDE estimated for this project, and in 2013 started the design and construction effort. CDE was hired to act as the owner’s rep and commissioning agent. Throughout the project’s successful execution, CDE provided valuable constructive comments and analyzed the best plant operating scenarios, doing so along with Florida Power & Light.

In the summer of 2014, CDE successfully commissioned this project, ensuring that the savings predicted would reach fruition. Toward that end, this project annually saves Daytona State College over $200,000 in energy costs, which resulted in FPL providing more than $1.1 million in incentives. On November 20, CDE proudly attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

All in all, it was another successful TES installation. Kudos to the architect, Pond and company, who designed the 80-foot tank’s exterior appearance to merge with Daytona State’s campus exterior building aesthetics.

Belle Glades Technical Education Facility and Chiller Plant

This two story 33,982 square foot building is the first LEED Platinum Certified Project constructed at Palm Beach State College. The new Technical Education Center (TEC) was designed to consolidate instructional training and certification for a variety of vocational programs. CDE provided MEP design services, LEED documentation, site mechanical and electrical distribution and commissioning support for the plant. This building houses 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 accommodates programs in Welding, Construction Trades, Law Enforcement, and Cosmetology. The new building was 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.

CDE designed Plumbing and fire protection systems for this building as well. A grey water system was designed to collect rain water from the building and existing building and condensate from air handling units. All the collected rain water and condensate drains were designed to be pumped to flush water closets and for cooling tower make-up. Wet pipe fire protection system was designed for this building.

CDE designed the entire electrical distribution for the campus, electrical system design for the building including fire alarm system and PV power for renewable energy source. CDE modeled the energy use for the entire campus and M&V proved that the model was very accurate.

CDE also designed the upgrades for the entire Belle Glades campus chiller plant. The chiller plant modifications consisted of replacing two existing chillers with 300 ton rotary screw chillers. The existing chilled water and condenser water pumps were also replaced. The cooling towers were also replaced with new cooling towers.

Based on all of the modifications, the campus energy use significantly reduced. Even after the TEC building addition, the campus energy use was lower than the previous years due to primary variable chilled water flow modifications, high efficiency chiller operation and dual-path AC system design for the new building.

Design of the Mori Hosseini Center at Daytona State College

The 66,000 square foot Mori Hosseini Center was designed by the team of Cape Design Engineering and Florida Architects. The facility is home of the Southeast Museum of Photography, complete with large presentation galleries and exhibit area. Additionally, the facility contains three commercial kitchens, a dining lab, a 500 person banquet facility, hotel rooms, and teaching classrooms for Daytona State College’s Culinary & Hospitality Management programs.

Cape Design Engineering was responsible for the complete structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design of this new facility. Cape Design Engineering also provided construction administration and support services during the construction phase of the project.

Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CDE, in association with Florida Architects, Inc., completed the design of a 65,000 square foot educational facility for Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, FL in 2009. Construction for the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship building began in 2010 and was completed in time for the 2012 academic year. With a construction cost of $14 million, the Brown Center is a facility with a learning focus on Alternative Energy and Sustainability. It consists of a two-story wing with technical facilities and laboratories along with a three-story administration area with offices and conference rooms.

This facility serves as a central hub for all elements of academic, technical, and entrepreneurial learning associated with green industry, including emerging fields such as Nanotechnology and Photonics. Extensive open air classrooms, technical laboratories, and high-tech multimedia classrooms allow simple transitions between academic learning and hands-on training for students. Green building materials, as well as energy saving solutions such as site orientation, use of thin film photovoltaic roof panels, LED lighting, wind turbines, a solar panel field, and environmentally friendly landscaping has earned LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.