Delivering one of Florida’s greenest buildings

Titanium dioxide is mixed into the precast concrete panels to remove air pollutants

Photovoltaic panels on the roof. Harvesting tanks for reusing rainwater to flush toilets. Electrochromic glass windows that automatically adjust to admit the optimum amount of daylight. Titanium dioxide mixed into the precast concrete panels to remove air pollutants. And bamboo flooring throughout.

At the University of Miami, the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music stands to be one of Florida’s greenest higher education buildings. It’s seeking LEED Platinum certification.

Such green features aren’t all that’s cool about this two-building project, which topped out on April 3. Given that this is a music school, stringent acoustic requirements abound. To avoid sound transmission, the music classrooms that fill the buildings have inner and outer walls, separated by several inches of space; the upper portions of those walls are connected by isolator bushing assemblies to the slabs above. Also, the only ductwork penetration into each classroom is from the hallway to reduce sound from traveling from one classroom to another.

“It’s not just a plain Jane rectangular building – there’s a lot more to it than that,” said Tom Hargrove, senior project manager. “Even things you don’t really see.”

This $19.8 million project is expected to be completed in January 2015.

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