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  7. Perkins + Will Designs FIU Complex for the Research of Extreme Natural Events

Perkins + Will Designs FIU Complex for the Research of Extreme Natural Events

Perkins + Will Designs FIU Complex for the Research of Extreme Natural Events
Perkins + Will Designs FIU Complex for the Research of Extreme Natural Events, South East View. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will
South East View. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will

Florida International University’s Stempel Complex, designed by Perkins + Will, will be completed this fall. The complex will house the Extreme Event Institute, which will bring together a number of the university’s research and academic programs to study “extreme natural events.” The form of the building itself takes inspiration from natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, and is centered around an oval-shaped courtyard. 

This central courtyard space is largely open to the nearby university quad and provides natural light to the many classroom and research spaces located on the upper stories.  The upper floors are offset slightly, providing shading to the windows of the south and west facades, while the east façade has a precast concrete shading fin system.

Classroom. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will
Classroom. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will

The Stempel Complex will host teaching space and laboratories for programs such as FIU’s Behavioral Health Research and Clinical Labs, the International Hurricane Research Center, and Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work.  It is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.  Cost of construction is estimated to be about $31.7 million.

Conference Room. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will
Conference Room. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Connor Walker. "Perkins + Will Designs FIU Complex for the Research of Extreme Natural Events" 28 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/519905/perkins-will-designs-fiu-complex-for-the-research-of-extreme-natural-events/> ISSN 0719-8884