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The Scripps Research Institute Selects International and Florida Firms to Design and Oversee Construction of Scripps Florida Campus

La Jolla, CA, March 11, 2004 - The Scripps Research Institute today selected Zeidler Partnership/Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, including 10 Florida-based partners, for final negotiations to design the new Scripps Florida campus in Palm Beach County.

Fluor Corporation, with two Palm Beach partner firms, was chosen as the potential program manager to oversee development and construction.

"Scripps Florida will grow out of the extraordinary creativity, experience, and knowledge of these two teams," said Scripps Research President Richard A. Lerner, M.D. "These firms and their national and local partners bring a range of skills and past successes that will ensure that Scripps Florida is a world-class facility for science and an inviting venue for our community."

The two teams were selected from four design and four program manager finalists chosen by a steering committee of Scripps Research senior executives, scientists, board members, and local Palm Beach experts. The finalists were chosen from 23 design and architecture firms and 16 program management companies that submitted proposals to Scripps Research on February 18 in response to published Requests for Proposals.

The design teams were graded on the basis of experience, project management, laboratory planning, master planning, mechanical/electrical engineering, and design creativity. The program manager teams were judged according to experience with land development, design, construction, and team depth. The quality and experience of team partners and proposed fee structures were also assessed for both potential consultant teams.

"All of the proposals were excellent and the eight finalists were outstanding," said Lerner. "The two teams chosen for final negotiations best meet our criteria for overall excellence and experience, similar successful past projects, innovative ideas, and a careful and thoughtful selection of specialized partners."

Scripps Florida, a 364,000 square foot, state-of-the-art biomedical research facility, will be built on 100 acres of undeveloped land west of I-95 off of PGA Boulevard and bordered by Seminole/Pratt Whitney Road. The facility will focus on basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development. Palm Beach County is providing an economic package that includes the land, $137 million toward construction of the permanent facility and related costs, and costs for temporary facilities for Scripps scientists. Planning, development, and construction of the new campus are scheduled to begin as soon as contracts are finalized. The campus is expected to open in late 2006.

The start-up costs of Scripps Florida, a division of The Scripps Research Institute headquartered in La Jolla, California, are supported by a one-time $310 million appropriation of federal economic development funds made by the State of Florida at the request of Governor Jeb Bush. Scripps Florida is expected to attract other research facilities, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, as well as residential, commercial, recreational, educational, and cultural development to the surrounding area.

Scripps Florida is currently operating out of 8,000 square-foot lab facilities on the Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton campus. It will move in early 2005 to a 41,000 square-foot facility now being built by the university on its Jupiter campus.

"As we reach this milestone in the development of Scripps Florida, we once again thank Governor Bush for his vision and leadership, and the Palm Beach County Commissioners and the people of Florida for their confidence and trust in Scripps Research," Lerner said. "We are keenly aware of our responsibilities to our new neighbors and community."

Design Team led by Eb Zeidler: Zeidler Partnership/Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Partners

Zeidler Partnership, established in 1953 and headquartered in Toronto with offices in West Palm Beach (for 15 years), London, Berlin, Beijing and Calgary, has undertaken projects that cover virtually the entire range of building types. Architectural, urban planning and interior design services have been provided on projects in the fields of research, healthcare, performing arts, justice, education, office/retail, residential construction and large mixed-use complexes around the world.

The firm designed the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Other major projects include the Atrium of The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; The Homer Gudelsky Building of the University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore; Canada Place, Vancouver; Center of Marine Research and Biotechnology, Baltimore; the master plan for Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco; and the 55-story Torre Mayor office building in Mexico City.

Founded in 1965, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson now maintains offices in Pennsylvania, Washington and California. Numerous awards and publications, including seven American Institute of Architects National Honor Awards and the AIA's 1994 Firm Award, have recognized the firm's design achievements.

Laboratory and research facilities form an important segment of the firm's work, including the new Natural Sciences Laboratory at University of California, San Diego, the Quantitative Biology Laboratory at UC San Francisco, biotechnology facilities at the University of Pittsburgh and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a new Chemistry Research Laboratory at Yale University, and laboratories for the Schools of Fisheries and Oceanography at the University of Washington. Other well-known BCJ commissions include Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, California; the Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia; Seattle City Hall; and a series of new retail outlets for Apple Computer.

The design team is expected to include among others:

  • Research Facilities Design, San Diego, designer of many laboratories for Scripps Research, La Jolla;
  • Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Gainesville, mechanical, plumbing and electrical design services;
  • Keshavarz & Associates, Inc., West Palm Beach, civil and infrastructure design;
  • Land Design South, West Palm Beach, interior and exterior landscape design and site planning services;
  • Walter P. Moore, Tampa, structural engineering;
  • Centerline Drilling, Inc., West Palm Beach, and Jupiter Environmental Laboratories, Jupiter, geotechnical services;
  • FRS & Associates, West Palm Beach, surveying services;
  • William Caruso & Associates, Englewood, Colorado, food service consultants;
  • Art & Culture Group, Jupiter, arts and cultural programming services;
  • Environmental Services, Inc., Jacksonville, environmental consulting services; and
  • Hanscomb Faithful & Gould, Coral Gables, cost estimating and scheduling.

Together, Zeidler Partnership and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson have received more than 350 regional, national, and international awards for the excellence of their work.

Program Manager: Fluor Corporation and Partners

Fluor Corporation, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, is one of the world's largest, publicly owned engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance service organizations. With approximately 30,000 employees and a network of offices in 25 countries, Fluor serves clients in a wide variety of traditional and evolving industries worldwide, including life sciences, chemicals and petrochemicals, commercial and institutional, government projects, microelectronics, manufacturing, telecommunications and transportation infrastructure.

The firm is a recognized leader in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical markets, providing comprehensive services, including design, detailed engineering, procurement, construction management and validation, for large, multinational companies around the world. These firms include Biogen, Genentech, Amgen, Merck and Lilly. Fluor is also a leader in delivering state-of-the-art research and development facilities, as evidenced by recently completed projects for Pfizer, Wyeth and others.

Fluor will coordinate all aspects of the Scripps Florida program management, leadership for the project team and delivery of the project.

Fluor's team, headed by Florida resident Dave Parlin with 30 years experience in major life sciences projects, is expected to include among others:

  • Song + Associates, Inc., Palm Beach County, a woman-owned firm established in 1988, architectural, planning, interior design, and procurement services;
  • MCO Construction & Services, Inc., Palm Beach County, an African-American woman-owned firm, certified a Small Business Enterprise by the county and the State of Florida, facilitate an outreach program for small businesses in the country and state and to be involved in the procurement strategy to ensure maximum local and small business participation.

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute of La Jolla, California, and Palm Beach County, Florida, is one of the world's largest, private, non-profit biomedical research organizations. It stands at the forefront of basic biomedical science that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Scripps Research is internationally recognized for its research into immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases and synthetic vaccine development.

Scripps Research is dedicated to the creation of basic knowledge in the biosciences for medical application and the betterment of human health, to the pursuit of fundamental scientific advances through interdisciplinary programs and collaborations, and to the education and training of researchers from around the world preparing to meet the scientific challenges of the future.


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