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FAU to Celebrate Dedication of Davie West Building

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- Groundbreaking Ceremony
- Dedication Ceremony


On Wednesday, November 10, Florida Atlantic University personnel and community leaders will gather to commemorate the dedication of Davie West, a new building shared with the University of Florida on FAU s Davie campus. Construction began on the 75,000-square-foot facility, designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification, in January of last year.

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders said, "Davie West represents the future of FAU. As our Davie campus expands with this new building, we gain a place where classroom learning will go hand in hand with research in science, as well as the arts and humanities. FAU is very proud to partner with the University of Florida in this fine new facility."

The $30 million building, funded entirely by Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) allocations from the state legislature, was constructed on land transferred to FAU from the University of Florida. It is shared between FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The building houses faculty offices for both of FAU s colleges, five classrooms, including a 100-person tiered classroom, and state-of-the art labs for Everglades restoration and environmental science for both FAU and UF.

Davie West Dedication

FAU promotes environmental quality and resource conservation through sustainable design, green architecture and recycling. The following are characteristics of Davie West:

  • The building location does not include sensitive site elements and restrictive land types. The four-story design of the building also minimizes site disruption.

  • The building will reduce pollution and land development impact from automobile use by providing bicycle racks and changing rooms for the building users, and showers for researchers.

  • The building will maximize water-efficiency by reducing the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems. It will utilize low-flow fixtures and indigenous landscaping that will require little or no irrigation. The facility also will reduce its water consumption by a minimum of 20 percent.

  • The building incorporates a building envelope and highly efficient HVAC systems that maximize energy performance. A minimum goal will be to reduce the energy consumption of the building by 14 percent.

  • During construction, contractors diverted at least 50 percent of the site waste from landfills.

  • Twenty percent of the construction material cost consists of recycled material, and 20 percent of all building materials will be recovered or manufactured locally.

  • A minimum of 50 percent of all wood-based materials in the building come from certified forests.

  • All materials are low-emitting materials, reducing the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating or harmful to the comfort of installers and occupants.

  • Seventy-five percent of all occupied spaces will utilize natural lighting.

Davie West DedicationDavie West was designed by architect SchenkelShultz and was built by Pirtle Construction.

"The FAU community is so proud of everything this building stands for," said Dr. Joyanne Stephens, vice president of FAU's regional campuses. "From our partnership with UF, to environmental sustainability, to the learning that will take place in the classrooms; Davie West is poised to be remarkable academic and scientific research facility."

Speaking at the event along with Saunders and Stephens will be Nancy Blosser, chair of FAU's Board of Trustees; Dr. Joseph Joyce, UF-IFAS senior executive associate vice president for agriculture and natural resources; and Daniela Russo, FAU Broward student governor. The ceremony will include a traditional ribbon cutting and performances by Cantemos! an FAU student vocal ensemble.

For more information, contact Maggie Gunther at 954-762-5275.

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