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GEC experience provides a comprehensive knowledge of geotechnical and subsurface issues throughout Florida.

GEC REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS INCLUDE:


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Sanford/Burnham Medical Research Institute for Medical Research at Lake Nona, Orange County

(CERTIFIED LEED-GOLD: Burnham ranks as the largest gold certified independent scientific facility in Florida)

GEC is providing the geotechnical engineering for the Tavistock Group for the Sanford/Burnham Medical Research Institute for Medical Research at Lake Nona (Orange County). Burnham, headquartered in LaJolla, California, chose Lake Nona as the site of its east coast facilities expansion for world-class biomedical research operations. The Burnham will launch Lake Nona’s plans for a Medical City which will include the new University of Central Florida College of Medicine, the new Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Center and plans for a 500-acre science and technology park.

The 175,000 sq ft facility will become the largest private research institute in Florida with a Gold LEED-certification: building an energy-efficient scientific building presents unique challenges because of the labs' extensive exhaust and air filtration needs. More than 90% of the interior spaces have an outside view, decreasing the energy needed to light them. It is projected that Burnham's annual
energy savings will be the equivalent to the average yearly consumption of 6,600 homes.

Burnham is establishing a world-class research center dedicated to the study of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular complications. Burnham will occupy Its Lake Nona permanent facility in April, 2009.

Read more: New Burnham Facility Keeps the Environment in Mind

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First United Methodist Church of Orlando
Main Campus Sanctuary Development

GEC is providing environmental consulting as well as geotechnical engineering for the planned 78,600 sq ft expansion to the existing First United Methodist Church in downtown Orlando. The expansion includes a basement parking level as well as a 3-story multi-purpose church building. The site Location is 142 East Jackson Street, located directly across the street from the planned Orlando Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. In addition, GEC is providing construction materials testing for the project.

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Orlando Citrus Bowl Renovation Project

GEC will provide geotechnical engineering for the Orlando Citrus Bowl renovation project, one of three City of Orlando’s community venues. This projected $159 million upgrade will include replacing the lower bowl seating as well as adding 4,000 upscale club seats and up to 12 more luxury suites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UCF Recreation and Wellness Center Expansion

GEC is providing geotechnical engineering support to Borrelli and Partners for the 62,000 sq ft expansion to the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center. Construction budget is $16.8 million.

UCF has a goal of achieving LEED silver certification for this project. When completed, the facility will include space for cardio and fitness services, indoor racquetball courts, multipurpose rooms, an outdoor “adventure center”, gymnasium, offices, wet classrooms, new lockers and restrooms with a new swimming pool and pump room. The overall masterplan includes 250,000 sq ft. of space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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University of Central Florida (UCF) Performing Arts Center (Arts II Complex)

Being designed in two phases, this planned $75 million performing arts center will feature a concert hall, a lecture hall, a theater, practice rooms, classrooms and offices; all built with acoustic and theatric needs of performing arts students in mind. GEC is providing geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing services. Total square footage for the two planned buildings will be 80,942 sf.

Phase I includes academic spaces such as classrooms, offices and practice space. ($25 million)

Phase II includes performance space and theaters.($50 million; construction will be completed by September, 2010).

Architects: HKS, Inc. and Duda Payne Architects LLP

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OUC Admin Headquarters


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OUC RELIABLE PLAZA

Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) New Administration Building, Orlando, Florida. Geotechnical engineering for 9-story administrative headquarters building located next to Orlando City Hall on Orange Avenue. The design calls for 120,000 sq ft of office space and a 510-space parking garage. Designated as Gold LEED certified, the building plan incorporates a 2,000 square foot solar photovoltaic array, a solar hot water system and a rain water collection system: the Greenest building in downtown Orlando.

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City of Orlando Fire Station 15

Orlando's Fire Station 15 (Savannah Park Fire Station) is a LEED-certified building, located near Lake Nona, north of SR 417. GEC provided the construction materials testing services for the City on this project. The use of light concrete pavement greatly reduces the "heat island" effect that normal black asphalt parking lots incur by reflecting, instead of absorbing, heat. The building envelope was designed to be extremely energy efficient. The walls are precast concrete panels which have a higher insulation value than similar wall systems. Estimated energy savings for the station will be $8,800 per year. GEC provided construction services on these additional City of Orlando Fire Stations: No. 7, No. 14, No. 15, No. 17

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United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) New East Orange/Bailes Campus

GEC is proud to provide pro bono geotechnical engineering services for this community-shaping project located in Central Florida Research Park. UCP of Central Florida makes a difference for over 2,300 children with and without disabilities each year. Over the past decade, UCP has expanded to 7 campuses in downtown Orlando, East Orange County, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Loch Haven Park, Pine Hills and Winter Garden.

Working with researchers from UCF, the Bailes center will serve 360 kids from infancy through third grade in an Environment that emphasizes inclusion. The 32,000 sf. Bailes center is budgeted at $9.2 million and will Open in August, 2009.

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UCF convocation center aerial view

UCF Convocation Center

UCF Apartment Housing
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UCF Arena at Knights Plaza

GEC provided geotechnical engineering and materials testing for the new 10,000 seat UCF Arena which opened in the Fall, 2007. The project started construction in Fall, 2005. The 278,000 sf facility sits on a spread-footing foundation and provides 8,500 fixed seats. Construction budget: $101 million. KUD International.

Surrounding the Arena are the retail, housing and parking components of the UCF Knights Plaza. GEC provided geotechnical engineering for four 7-story towers housing approximately 2,000 students and five parking garages. Retail operations offers 183,000 sf of retail and restaurant space. GEC also provided geotechnical engineering for the nearby UCF Nicholson Field House.

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Seminole County Criminal Justice Center
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Seminole County Criminal Justice Center Place
Sanford

New five-story courthouse which contains five county courtrooms, five circuit courtrooms, an arraignment court and a judicial ceremonial room. The 219,000 sq foot Seminole County Criminal Justice Center is located in the Five Points Judicial Complex

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The Plaza
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The Plaza case study article
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The Plaza
Orlando, Florida

Geotechnical investigation for $140 million, three tower, 545,000 s.f., mixed use, 2.3 acre undertaking that will have 370,000 s.f. of office space, 105,000 s.f. of retail space, a 1,600 space parking garage and a 12 screen movie theater. The largest downtown redevelopment project in the city center's history.
Baker Barrios Architects
www.plazaorlando.com

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VUE at Lake Eola
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VUE at Lake Eola
Orlando, Florida

Environmental investigation for 35-story luxury condominium high rise tower on Lake Eola. 323 units on 1.74 acres with 6,000 s.f. of retail space, and a 660 space parking garage.
www.vueorlando.com
Construction Updates

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Orange County Cady Way Trail Pedestrian Bridge
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Orange County Cady Way Trail Pedestrian Bridge
Winter Park, Florida
GEC provided the geotechnical engineering for this 2.3 mile long trail project within a former railbed. The striking pedestrian bridge over SR 436 between University and Aloma Avenues Is supported by a micropile foundation system. The path of the 685 foot bridge begins at Ranger Boulevard, connects the trail to Forsyth Road and ends at Hall Road and Aloma connecting it to the Cross Seminole Trail. Trail users can now travel between the City of Winter Park to Fashion Square Mall to the City of Oviedo, a distance of 6.5 miles.

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The Jackson Condominiums
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The Jackson Condominiums
Orlando, Florida

Phase I environmental evaluation and geotechnical investigation for Real Estate INVERLAD, an 8 story residential condominium on a 0.65 acre site.
Real Estate INVERLAD, N.A.

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801 North Orange Avenue Offices
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801 North Orange Avenue Offices
Geotechnical engineering for 8-story mixed use professional office located between Marks and Park Lake Streets, Uptown Orlando.Approximately 112,780 s.f. of retail/office with 362-car attached parking garage.
Ustler Development
www.801northorange.com

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Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) North Central Energy Building
2004 Golden Brick Design Award

Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
North Central Energy Building

GEC provided geotechnical engineering for OUC's 6,000 square foot, one-story building located at Robinson and Livingston Streets (326 State Lane). This $5.8 million project is build as a loop system within Downtown OUC's chilled water operations to act as a central refrigeration plant for multiple downtown buildings.

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CNL Office Tower

CNL Office Tower
Orlando, Florida

Phase I environmental evaluation and geotechnical engineering for CNL national headquarters, a 14-story, 350,000 square foot office tower and 7-story parking garage next to City Hall at the corner of Orange Avenue and Anderson Street.
CNL Corporate Property

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Embassy Suites Downtown Orlando Hotel

Embassy Suites Downtown Orlando Hotel;
Orlando, Florida

Geotechnical investigation and Phase I and II environmental assessments for 7-story hotel at Rosalind and Central Streets with recommendations for a foundation base of shallow isolated spread footings and a mat foundation for a partial basement.
The Dalton Hotel Corporation

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LYNX Central Station
2004 Golden Brick Design Award

LYNX Central Station;
Orlando, Florida

Phase I environmental investigation and geotechnical engineering for 20,000 sq. ft. terminal with 24 bus bays and 67,000 sq. ft. office tower on a 4.4 acre site located on Garland Avenue between Amelia and Livingston Streets.
HHCP Architects

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Orlando International Airport Airside 2 Terminal
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Orlando International Airport (OIA)
Airside 2 Terminal
Orlando, Florida

Performed geotechnical engineering for 428,000 sq. ft. Airside 2 terminal supported on shallow foundations.
HOK

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University of Central Florida (UCF)

University of Central Florida (UCF)

UCF Nicholson Field House
University of Central Florida (UCF)
Orlando, Florida

GEC projects at UCF include the Nicholson Field House, year-round indoor practice facility for the UCF Knights football team as well as multi-purpose facility for track and field, baseball and softball athletes. GEC has also provided geotechnical engineering for the 10,000-seat UCF Convocation Center, 5-story Parking Garage, 7-story Student Housing, and two 1-story retail buildings.

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Valencia Community College Technical Science Building 3

Valencia Community College
Technical Science Building 3

Osceola Campus

GEC provided both geotechnical consulting engineering and materials testing for design and site preparation of a 3-story building and parking lot located in Kissimmee
Schenkel Shultz Architects

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OUCooling International Drive  Thermal Energy Storage Tank
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OUCooling International Drive
Thermal Energy Storage Tank

GEC provided the geotechnical engineering for OUCooling's 17.6 million gallon chilled water tank, the largest of its kind in the world. The tank, which measures 60 ft. high by 250 ft. in diameter, and its associated chilled water system will serve the Orange County Convention Center with a total of 7 million square feet.
OUCooling

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St. Cloud City Hall
Osceola County, Florida

Overlooking New York Avenue, the main street in St. Cloud, the new City Hall stands 47 feet tall with a total square footage of 60,059 s.f. The building footprint is 19,422 s.f.

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The Nature Conservancy's  Disney Wilderness Preserve
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The Nature Conservancy's
Disney Wilderness Preserve
Osceola County, Florida

GEC provided the geotechnical engineering for the Visitor and Conservation Learning Center and entrance roadway for this environmentally sensitive site. The Preserve is a 12,000 acre sanctuary bounded by two natural lakes and rich in wildlife diversity. The Preserve was established in 1992 through the cooperation of The Walt Disney Company, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the Nature Conservancy and several other public agencies.

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Orlando International Airport (OIA) Fourth Runway
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Orlando International Airport (OIA) Fourth Runway
Orlando, Florida

GEC provided geotechnical engineering for 9,000 ft of new runway, a full length taxiway and two 5,000 ft connecting taxiway bridges over an airport access roadway.
HNTB

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Orlando Science Center
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New Orlando Science Center
Orlando, Florida

Geotechnical investigation for 182,000 square-foot science center, which includes: a 300-seat domed theater and planetarium; a 600-space, 4-story parking garage; and a covered, pedestrian bridge spanning Princeton Avenue.
Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock

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Oviedo West Mitchell Hammock water treatment facility
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City of Oviedo West Mitchell Hammock
Water Treatment Facility, Seminole County

Award winning construction and design project (Southeast Construction Magazine). Facility expansion included addition of an operations center, a chemical handling building, two force draft aerators, two odor control scrubbers, a high service pump, and one 2 ½ MGD ground storage tank.

 

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