Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture
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Contractor: Coastal Construction
Owner: University of Miami
Lead Design Firm: Arquitectonica
Structural Engineer: GMG
Civil Engineer: VSN
MEP Engineer: Stantec

This 20,000-sq-ft collaborative learning facility, designed by Arquitectonica and built by Coastal Construction, features a large open floor plan that enables up to 130 students to use the building’s fabrications lab, workstations, presentation areas, review spaces and offices. The building features exposed concrete walls and ceilings, exposed mechanical and electrical elements, and 18-ft tall, hurricane-proof, floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Featuring a rectilinear design, the building is topped by a large cantilevered roof slab that extends out 25 ft. The building’s design, orientation and extensive use of glass enables its interior to be illuminated mostly via daylighting.

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