Miami-Dade Civil Courthouse

  • Consists of a 644,000 sf, 24-story tower located immediately west and across the street from the historic Miami-Dade Civil Courthouse building
  • The lower floors of the building provide program area for public spaces, parking, administrative, and back-of-house functions, as well as a law library
  • Contains 46 finished courtrooms and four additional shelled courtrooms available to be built-out at a future date
  • Located in downtown Miami Beach, Florida
  • Two-story structure with 42,000 sf
  • Nearly doubles the existing library branch’s size
  • Includes an auditorium, community meeting rooms, a coffee bar, a reading garden and children’s library
  • Provides the city with a 400-car parking facility and ground floor retail space
  • The contextual stucco-clad design has helped boost interest in the cultural center and revitalized the surrounding neighborhood
  • A 95,000 sf, 124-bed facility, designed to create a non-institutional environment for both residents and staff
  • The facility centers on a secure outdoor terrace with a 20-foot-high brick/concrete perimeter wall, which gives residents a degree of independence within the facility grounds
  • Natural light is used wherever possible for interior and lounge spaces
  • A sister facility in the Bronx is designed and constructed simultaneously
  • Provides the city with a classically inspired, highly efficient, state-of-the-art facility accommodating Jacksonville’s evolving needs
  • Consists of five floors and contains over 330,000 sf of space
  • Accommodates the library’s 2.2 million book collection, as well as a grand reading room, a 400-seat auditorium, a multi-purpose room, a café, a bookstore, and a garage
  • Dramatic changes in elevation combined with the local sands relatively low bearing capacity necessitated using large stepped footings throughout the site
  • The superstructure uses a flat slab system with drop panels
  • The slabs transfer loads to reinforced concrete columns and shear walls, supported on the building’s spread footings
  • Spandrel beams are located along the building perimeter to stiffen the slab edge, and support the heavy pre-cast façade loads
  • A vulnerability assessment was conducted based upon the national GSA blast criteria, due to the library’s proximity to the federal courthouse
  • Awards:
    ACEC New York – Gold Award, Structural Systems 2006
    ACI Florida Chapter – Significant Concrete Structure 2005
    Southeast Construction – Best Public Building, Concrete Building 2006
  • Located on East 57th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in New York City
  • A joint venture between the New York City Educational Construction Fund and private developers
  • Creates two new school facilities for PS 59 and the High School of Art and Design, as well as a residential tower, retail areas, and parking
  • Completed in three phases to allow for school facilities to remain in operation
  • Phase I involved the demolition of PS 59 and part of the High School of Art and Design
  • Also involved the design and construction of the two new schools

Awards

  • Engineering New Record (ENR) New York Regional Best Project Awards – Best K-12 Educational Project
  • Located in the downtown Union Park neighborhood in Las Vegas
  • Creates a 268,000 sf secure facility and includes 70 restricted underground parking spaces
  • The steel-and-glass skinned structure houses a 500-seat chamber council with partial mezzanine, public exhibit area, governmental offices, and parking spaces
  • The structural system is concrete filled metal deck over composite steel beams and girders, supported by steel columns
  • To accommodate the building’s open nature, moment frames are utilized in both directions for the lateral system
  • The LEED-NC Gold building is the home of the mayor’s office, the city council, and other governmental offices
  • Located in Staten Island, New York
  • New York’s first net-zero energy school
  • Produces the same amount of energy as it uses, making it one of the most sustainable schools in the world
  • The first of its kind in the northeastern United States
  • The 77,000sf school contains classrooms, cafeteria, and a gymatorium program
  • Additionally, it includes indoor and outdoor gardens and exterior play yards

Awards

  • American Institute of Architects New York (AIA NY) Design Awards – COTE Environment Awards
  • The Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards – Honorable Mention, Building of the Year
  • Architizer A+ Engineering Awards – Primary & High Schools Category Winner
  • Engineering News Record (ENR) Best New York Region Project Awards – Best Green Project
  • Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) New York Awards – Excellence Award
  • Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards – Best Green Project
  • Urban Land Institute New York (ULI NY) Awards – Excellence in Institutional Development
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Awards – Global Awards for Excellence, Finalist
  • A new Capacity Project for the School Construction Authority, located on 43rd Avenue in Queens
  • Consists of 130,000 sf of new space
  • Consists of five floors of instructional space located on levels one through five
  • Cafeteria, kitchen, lower lobby, gymnasium, gymatorium, and library are housed at the basement level
  • Located just outside New Haven, Connecticut
  • Consists of the renovation of the Hamden Town Hall
  • DeSimone assisted with the shoring design and the analysis of the structure for temporary load conditions
  • Uses an old system of brick and structural clay tile bearing walls from 1924
  • Also, uses light gage metal floor joists and a two and a half inch concrete slab on draped metal wire lathe.