University of Florida Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona

100,000 FT2
Orlando, FL, USA

Certified LEED v2.2 NC Platinum, 2013

Engineering-News Record SE, Award of Merit, Higher Education/Research, 2013

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University of Florida’s Research and Academic Center facilitates collaborative relationships with the Burnham Institute, Lake Nona “Medical City” institutions and other research institutes to continue and complement research initiatives. The center features 6,500 square feet of research lab space and 11 island bench areas with six chemical fume hood or biological safety cabinet alcoves.


Sustainable features that contributed to the building achieving LEED Certified status include low-flow plumbing, insulated glass and carbon dioxide monitoring. This is the first high-rise building application of an underfloor air distribution system, which provides increased flexibility and energy savings, in the humid subtropical ASHRAE Zone 1 environment of South Florida. The building operates 20% better than the average Class A office building.