AIA Orlando’s annual Design Award Competition & Gala is one of Florida’s most prestigious and inclusive design honors; bringing together architects, designers, and allied professionals in a celebration of exemplary design for both theoretical and built projects.
The design competition highlights the area’s best architects, designers, and allied professionals, providing them recognition, publicity, press coverage, and exhibition.
This year, CBRE | Heery was honored the Award of Merit for the CBRE | Heery Orlando Office project and the Award of Honor for the new Broward County Courthouse.
CBRE | Heery Orlando Office, Built Award of Merit
In February 2017, CBRE | Heery’s Orlando team moved into a 3,665 square foot space customized exclusively by the office’s design team. The goal was to enhance the space with the fewest possible insertions all in an effort to preserve the quality of natural daylighting and raw industrial character of the building interior. The design employs an open floor plan with a minimal gesture into the existing space with only the necessary functional elements.
The floor plan is primarily defined by an open work area including a conference room, three transitional office spaces and a video conferencing room. The transitional offices are shared spaces that are only utilized for meetings and conversations that require a higher level of privacy. The open office space terminates at the magnetized, dry-erase presentation and pin-up wall.
The linear wall pulls visitors through the space in front of the more private spaces. This wall divides the space into private and public zones seamlessly while acting as a threshold between the two contrasting kinds of space.
The rhythm of the existing concrete structure gives definition to the ceiling plane. The lightness of the deck color bounces daylighting throughout the space with the wood material acting as a contrasting counterpoint and providing a rich textural quality to the spare color palette.
Broward County Courthouse, Built Award of Honor
The new 20-story, 741,000 SF courthouse occupies a 1.55-acre portion of an existing 18-acre justice campus and is one of the few courthouses in the U.S. to include all courts (civil, magistrate, domestic relations, juvenile dependency and delinquency, criminal, domestic violence, and probate), as well as complete Clerk of Court functions, in one building. Other support spaces include Court Administration, State Attorney and Sheriff’s Department.
In order to accommodate the varied mix of court types, the central holding area is arranged to segregate detainee classifications efficiently. The litigation spaces are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of each court department and include a mixture of 500 to 700 SF hearing rooms along with courtrooms ranging in size from 1,000 SF to 2,200 SF. Pairs of courtrooms share holding cells behind the courtrooms in lieu of between, allowing for a very efficient 6-court per floor arrangement. Chambers are located adjacent to the courtrooms, providing efficient, private circulation for the judges.
A new landscaped plaza, located between the new tower, parking garage and east courthouse, will be the centerpiece of the courthouse block and will tie into the local pedestrian riverfront promenade. The design approach was to create a timeless, civic facility that would reflect the importance of the justice system, while bolstering the court system’s need for security, flexibility, system redundancy, sustainability and hurricane resistance. The use of elegant, yet durable materials, is central to the theme of creating a new dignified image for the downtown core.
CBRE | Heery, as part of a Joint Venture with AECOM and Cartaya & Associates, provided master planning, architecture (shell and core), Mechanical (waterside) & Electrical engineering, and LEED consulting.