International and Florida Firms to Design and Oversee Construction
of Scripps Florida Campus
The Scripps Research Institute has 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
"Scripps Florida will grow out of the extraordinary creativity,
experience, and knowledge of these two teams," said Scripps
Research President Richard A. Lerner. "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, and construction, as well as
team depth. The quality and experience of team partners and
proposed fee structures were also assessed for both potential
"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
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
Scripps Florida is currently operating out of 8,000 square-foot
lab facilities on the Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton
campus. In early 2005, Scripps Florida will move 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
- Art & Culture Group, Jupiter, arts and cultural programming
- 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, offering architectural, planning,
interior design, and procurement services;
- MCO Construction & Services, Inc., Palm Beach County,
an African-American woman-owned firm, certified as a Small
Business Enterprise by the county and the State of Florida.
This firm facilitates an outreach program for small businesses
in the country and state and will be involved in the procurement
strategy to ensure maximum local and small business participation.
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Twenty-three design and architecture
firms and 16 program management companies submitted proposals
to work on the Scripps Florida project. Photo
by Kevin Fung.