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Thornton Tomasetti,Structural Engineering,your landmark safety assured -
Thornton Tomasetti,Structural Engineering,your landmark safety assured




Our team engineer profile: Thornton Tomasetti,Structural/Kinetic Engineering.
Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design services for a 160,000-square-foot academic building located on Florida
Polytechnic University’s new 170-acre campus. The Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building provides spaces for interdisciplinary classrooms, laboratories, offices, meeting rooms and a large amphitheater. The two-story facility features a prominent glass and steel cupola with an operable louver
system, and a continuous pergola defined by 84 arched aluminum “leaves” that shade the upper level terraces and
ground-level arcades around the perimeter of the building.
The structure is supported on a shallow foundation system bearing on stone-column reinforced soils. The concrete frames are comprised of a series of exposed concrete articulated portal frames arranged in a radial pattern following the oval footprint of the project. A cast-in-place concrete ring beam supports the
vaulted steel cupola and its louver system.
The initial concept for the louvers required two 250-foot-long movable arches to raise and lower the louvers. Working with the project team, the engineers developed an alternative design in which individual hydraulic pistons operate each of the 94 louvers.
This allowed for a lighter, less-expensive support structure and minimized the need for custom parts.
As one of the first buildings constructed on the site, the IST building helps establish the design scheme for all future
structures within phase one of the campus master plan. Its distinctive profile and design is intended to attract and inspirevisitors, and to help achieve the university’s vision for developing a new science and technology corridor in central Florida.

Owner
Florida Polytechnic University
Design Architect / Client Santiago Calatrava
Architect of Record
Alfonso Architects
General Contractor
Skanska
Completion Date
June 2014
Construction Cost
$60 million
Total Area
160,000 sf

Services
Structural Engineering
Kinetic Engineering
Awards
National Award Winner -
$15 Million to $75 Million

Category, IDEAS2 Award,American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), 2015
Diamond Award, ACEC New York, Engineering Excellence Awards, Structural Systems,2015
Best Project, Higher Education/ Research, ENR Southeast,2014
Award of Merit, Out of Area,Roger H. Corbetta Award program, The Concrete Industry Board, 2014
Project of the Year, American Society of Civil Engineers
Ridge Branch and the Florida
Engineering Society Ridge Chapter, 2013
Global Best Projects Award,
Education / Research, ENR,
2015
 
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