The University of North Florida Science and Humanities project included a 117,000-sq-ft teaching and research facility as well as a 116,500-sq-ft biological sciences building with 45 labs. The exterior consists of precast insulated walls, masonry, aluminum, structural steel, steel cables, curtain wall, glass structures and concrete. The facility includes an interior courtyard, greenhouse, a 6,000-gallon saltwater storage tank and prep rooms. A necropsy lab allows for dissection of large marine animals.

Photo by Harvard Jolly Architecture
The University of North Florida's Science and Humanities Building project was recognized with an "Award of Merit" in the higher education category of this year's 'Best Projects' contest.

The lab will be used in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study why marine animals beach themselves.


Key Players

Owner: University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.

Contractor: Ajax Building Corp., Jacksonville, Fla.

Designer: Perkins+Will, Coral Gables, Fla.

Architect: Harvard Jolly Architecture, Jacksonville, Fla.

Civil Engineer: JBC Planning & Engineering, Jacksonville

Structural Engineer: Structural Engineers Group, Jacksonville, Fla.

MEP Engineer: Affiliated Engineers SE Inc., Gainesville, Fla.


Submitted by Ajax Building Corp.