Ana G. Méndez University MIAMI LAKES, FL
As general contractor for the built-to-suit-to-lease project, Miller fast-tracked the structural shell and interior to ensure delivery of a state-of-the-art learning environment for the University’s fall semester. After topping off the two-story building, the crews worked simultaneously on shell completion and interior build-out to accelerate construction and limit the client’s costs. In constructing the building, which includes complex nursing, IT and science labs, communications were a high priority in order to keep all the University’s relevant departments updated. The project team coordinated vendors for security systems and access control, low-voltage cabling, audio-video design, lab equipment and building signage. The Miller team also oversaw the transition from conceptual MEP system design, which the project’s Puerto Rico-based architect created, to final design by a local engineer and architect, ensuring compliance with Florida Building Code and High Velocity Hurricane Zone requirements.
In addition to its 21 classrooms, library and administrative offices, the campus includes nursing labs with interactive mannequins in hospital beds. A control room records and monitors all student nursing interactions with the “patients,” and a debriefing room enables students to review their performance. In addition, science labs feature 3D projectors that can connect classes with the Puerto Rico-based University’s other centers.