Institutional experience includes fire stations, recreational centers, medical clinics, hangar repairs and renovations, toll facilities and transfer stations.
Institutional Project Experience
- Maintenance Material and Facilities Operations Center, Dade County School Board, Miami, FL. Prepared construction documents and construction supervision for a 240,000 square foot facility renovations.
- Veteran Administration Hospital, Miami, FL. Design of the addition of a cardiac care unit into an existing three-story building.
- 1,000‑Bed Stockade Pretrial Detention Facility, Miami, FL. Design and construction administration for a 10-story, 1,000‑bed correctional institution.
- Village Hall Renovation, North Palm Beach, FL. Expansion for the undersized and outdated Public Safety Facility to include larger and more technically advanced departments. The renovation completely reconfigured and updated the French Colonial facility. A state-of-the-art Council Chambers and offices for the Village Manager, Village Clerk, Finance and MIS Departments. Role: Structural
- Montgomery Botanical Gardens, Miami, FL. One story house dedicated to the continued research and studies of the largest and finest private collections of palms and cycads in the world.
- Miami International Airport, Curbside Outbound Conveyor Belt, Miami, FL. A new baggage “take away” conveyor belt system for American Airlines at Concourse C of Miami International Airport was designed and has been built and constructed. In order to integrate the system into American Airlines’ operations, a new and upgraded fire protection system has been installed, and existing electrical, structural and architectural elements have been refurbished. Services provided construction documents as well as construction administration services for this project which the project required extensive coordination between existing and new systems.
- Key West Airport, Repair and Renovation of Hangar A-131, Key West, FL. Hangar A-131 was built in 1944 and is of irregular shape constructed of concrete slab on grade, structural steel columns and beams, with wood mezzanine floor joists, roof joists and sheathing. The hangar bay roof is covered with a built-up roofing system while the roof over the administrative spaces was of asphalt shingles. The building, used for helicopter search and rescue purposes as well as administrative functions, was extensively repaired and renovated. All building systems were affected.
- The Cassina at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, FL. Structural repairs to the Cassina where concrete columns and beams were spalling. Testing was performed to evaluate the structural integrity and chorine content in the concrete which was causing the steel reinforcement to corrode. After performing testing it was determined there was a need to remove and replace the columns. Mr. Martinez was personally involved during the testing, design and implementation of the repairs.
- Fire Rescue Station #31, Miami Dade County Fire & Rescue Department, Miami, FL. Structural design for the structural repairs to existing slab damaged as a result of poor compaction during the original construction of the facility in the ‘apparatus bay.
- Fire Rescue Station #55, Miami Dade Fire & Rescue Department, Miami, FL. Structural engineering design services for a one-story addition of dormitories to the existing fire station that consisted on load bearing masonry walls supporting a poured in place concrete roof slab on spread foundations.
- Northeast Transfer Station, Miami-Dade Solid Waste Department, Miami, FL. To reduce the amount of storm run-off to be treated as sanitary waste, DERM requested that various canopies be construction over the existing tipping floors. The design of the canopies is an open web steel joists supported by steel frames on a auger cast pile foundation system.
- Homestead Library Reroof, Homestead, FL. This project entailed replacing an existing 18,500 sq. ft. roof system. The new system was designed in compliance with Miami-Dade County Product Control which allowed the facility to remain fully operational during construction. Issues addressed in order to comply with South Florida Regulations included asbestos removal, uplift requirements, pullout testing, and acceptability with current code regulations including mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades.
- Choctawhatchee's Bay Bridge Toll Facility Design, Okaloosa County, FL. A toll plaza with right-of-way limitations was designed and built on the mainland side of Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge near Destin, FL, in Okaloosa County. Because the plaza is located in a primarily residential neighborhood, the design harmonized with the surrounding area. A 1,700 SF administration building with an office, employee lounge, vault, cash facilities, data recording room, and emergency power and storage facilities was designed along with three toll lanes under a canopy.
- Remodeling of Medical Clinic, Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville, FL. An existing medical clinic of 4,800 sq. ft. was remodeled, and an additional 5,000 SF was added on. The existing facility did not meet base requirements and was incorrectly configured for medical/dental examination rooms; offices; laboratories; wartime training facilities; and medical/ personnel records and other storage. The clinic/training facility occupied less than 50% of minimum space requirements.
Full investigative, design and construction management services were provided. Site and civil design addressed utility infrastructure (e.g., survey, geotechnical, stormwater management, drainage, pavement), removal of asbestos and lead-based paint, and the impact of decentralizing heating and cooling. Architecturally, the facility was designed to be aesthetically compatible with the existing facility and the remainder of the base. The net useable area of the completed clinic was raised to 72%.
- South Olive Park & Recreational Center, West Palm Beach, FL. Services included a feasibility study, refined the project’s master plan and the design of an 18,000 FL community center and a broad range of park-wide improvements and additions for the 13-acre South Olive Park in the City of West Palm Beach.