A challenging project in regards to the complexity of the envelope. The envelope could not afford to have leaks given the rainy season in Florida, and the proximity to the saltwater also made it challenging in this regard. The exterior envelope consisted of stucco, cast stone, metal cladding, curtain wall with penetrations for banners and sunshades. A water intrusion details specialist was on the project daily during some phases of the project, given it was nearly impossible to capture all the relevant details given the layout and shape of the building. The Tampa Bay History Center was built with all regional and renewable materials, such as Marmoleum ® flooring (long-lasting, nontoxic linoleum made from all-natural components). More than 95 percent of construction debris was diverted from Florida landfills, which was one of many ways the Walbridge project team pursued LEED ® points. It was awarded the goal of LEED silver certification.
TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER
When the project was awarded, a battery recycling facility had not been constructed in over 16 years. The project was built on a brownfield site that has a clay containment wall. The plan was to start construction and pump all surface water to the water treatment plant that was part of the facility. All stakeholders underestimated the volume of water that would have to be handled in the Florida rainy season. The project lost nine months of schedule but, in the end, was complete with all handshakes and profits on all sides. The takeaway was working on a contaminated site; if you don’t control the water, it will control you. This lesson learned was carried forward and helped win and deliver the Clearwater Gas project built on a contaminated brownfield site.
GOPHER RESOURCE TAMPA
New 270,000 GSF, 2000 Student High School including the development of the 55-acre undeveloped site. The campus comprises three principal structures: Building A – a three-story education building, Building B – a one-story cafeteria and gymnasium building, and Building C – a one-story auditorium and fine arts building. Other ancillary buildings include a central energy plant, field house storage, and athletic structures.
GATEWAY HIGH SCHOOL
The campus was completely renovated on a brownfield site with an active campus in 2 phases. It required extensive planning and coordination with the owner, and the lean tool of pull planning was used with a high level of success. The customer had operated on this site for over 80 years, and a sludge product in the ground was tested, treated, and hauled to the appropriate disposal site regularly. Given the campus layout, two separate permits had to be pulled to pump the treated groundwater off-site. One for storm and one for sanitary. Without this cooperation from the local authorities, it would have cost the cluster millions of more dollars in general conditions to do the job in smaller phases. These lessons learned were carried forth and coordinated with the owner and design teams from the Gopher Resource project.