Alachua County Office of the Public Defender
The Alachua County Public Defender had outgrown their previous space. A new 20,000+ sq.ft. space co-located with the Alachua County Courthouse required an efficient footprint and architecture that was complementary to the established context. This new location, coupled with the function of the Alachua County Public Defender, additionally required incorporation of robust building security elements. Brame Heck provided full design services and construction administration services.
Santa Fe College
Building E Auditorium Renovation
The Santa Fe College Building E Auditorium was in need of repairs, technology upgrades, and updates to their ADA compliance. Brame Heck Architects and our design team researched and implemented the most state-of-the-art updates to the A/V systems, and ensured ADA-compliant entry into the building and restrooms, and onto the stage. The design also included acoustical upgrades to prevent sound leakage and ensure high sound quality for the auditorium’s use as a performance space. Our team transformed a tired and non-compliant space into a beautiful, functional, and accessible auditorium. Brame Heck provided full design services and construction administration services.
University of Florida
Center for Outdoor Education and Recreation (CORE)
The University of Florida’s Travel, Recreation, and Outfitters Programs needed a new point of sale area, storage for rental outdoor gear, and space to host outdoor-related skills workshops. The new 6,119 square-foot facility included offices, retail/point of sale space, a classroom/meeting room, and equipment storage area. The selected site was located in an area with poor soils, requiring extensive remediation and structural foundation. Brame Heck provided full design services and construction administration services.
University of Florida
Southwest Recreational Facility Room #120A Renovation
University of Florida RecSports needed a larger conference room that could also serve as a classroom for their training and certification courses. To expand the existing conference room, an existing racquetball court had to be removed. Because of the proximity to the basketball and racquetball courts, emphasis on acoustic concerns was key to the design. The renovated 1,506 square-foot space included a large storage area for tables, chairs, and other training equipment. Brame Heck provided full design services and construction administration services.
University of Florida
Architecture and Fine Arts Library Renovation
Renovations to the University of Florida’s Architecture and Fine Arts Library included a new seminar/meeting space, one new staff office, and one new storage closet. Renovations also included a new custom circulation and reference area, a new compliant water cooler in a more accessible location, and a new book display. In the reading room, electrical and data services were reconfigured in order to relocate numerous computer workstations. Floor-mounted “tombstone” electrical outlets were replaced with flush floor mounted outlets. The new conference area was enclosed with aluminum storefront. All ceiling and floor finishes within the circulation area, entry, and the new conference area were replaced. Brame Heck provided full design services and construction administration services.
Micanopy Area Cooperative School New Cafetorium
The new cafetorium building at the Micanopy Area Cooperative School includes a 4,760 square-foot building to accommodate a seated audience of 262 people, a raised platform stage area, two single toilets, storage for chairs and tables, a commercial kitchen and supporting storage, and a serving line. Brame Heck provided full design services and construction administration services.
Holy Faith Catholic Church New Parish Life Center
In 2017, Brame Heck Architects was awarded the City of Gainesville City Beautification Award for our design of a new Parish Life Center on the long-standing Holy Faith Catholic Church campus. Holy Faith was established in Gainesville in 1973; it is now in the center of Gainesville, and has a thriving membership of over 2,100 families. The two original buildings of the parish were built in 1976.
By 2013, the 1976 buildings were aging, and becoming too small for the church’s growing parish; the parishioners decided to build a new, 18,000 square foot Parish Life Center, and enthusiastically raised the funds needed for construction. The new Parish Life Center building is located opposite the original church buildings, and three of the four parish buildings are designed in the same style, and built with the same materials, giving the campus a unified feel. The integration of a brand-new building into a campus of well-established facilities offered a unique design challenge.
Brame Heck provided full design services and construction administration services.
Queen of Peace Administrative Building
Queen of Peace required a new building to provide adequate support facilities for the existing Catholic Church Community. Included were thirteen offices, record storage facilities, and meeting rooms. Energy efficiency played an important role; as a result, LED lighting and VRF units were utilized throughout. Soils were determined to contain amounts of expansive materials, which required the design and construction of a post-tensioned slab which was honed and stained in the lobby. Brame Heck provided full design services and construction administration services.