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The Design/Build Studio Program

providing design and a needed building that could not have been was founded in 2009 by Rocco Ceo achieved without the engagement and Jim Adamson to address the of the Design/Build Studio. need in architecture education for Architecture students, faculty the learning and experience that can and collaborators have worked only be gleaned from direct, handsthroughout the last nine years in on work -- building what one has the heat, humidity, and even in drawn. The knowledge that emerges the tropical rains for which South from Design/Build is essential to Florida is legendary. The new B.E. new architects who often arrive at a & W.R. Miller BuildLab significantly building site with few skills to engage expands the Design/Build Studio’s contractors in an informed way. The scope and productivity, providing panorama of skills developed in the year-round protection from the Design/Build Studio are embedded in weather, as well as safe and efficient an interactive teaching and learning tool and material storage. Direct process in tolerances -- in the realm of access for trucks, facilitates material physical and material dimensions, as handling and final delivery of the well as tolerances in communication, projects. The B.E. & W.R. Miller finding a way to work out the BuildLab dimensions and design are multiple and dynamic challenges based on the Florida Department that construction presents among of Transportation’s dimensions the many trades participating in the for transporting cargo on the realization of a building. roadways. If a building can leave through the door of the B.E. & W.R. At the threshold of 2018, nine Miller BuildLab, it can be legally projects have been completed for transported down the road to its final destination. nonprofits serving the community,


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This publication provides a brief overview of the Design/Build Program featuring the students and faculty who participated in the development and implementation of each project -- the Motes Orchid Pavilion, an orchid shade house for learning about orchids; the Mobile PermaKitchen for preparation, instruction and learning about local foods and healthy eating habits; the Everglades Eco-Tent, a prototype for Everglades National Park to provide camping facilities for visitors in the Flamingo Campground at the southern edge of the Park; the Guara Ki Eco Farm Rural Bathroom Facilities, an off-the-grid, mobile, rural composting toilet and shower for farm workers who have no access to such facilities in the field; the Mobile Coffee Kiosk: Billy Goat CafĂŠ, a student-owned and operated cafĂŠ for the School of Architecture that funds student activities; the Million Orchid Project STEMLab, for Miami-Dade Schools and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, to provide a fully functioning lab for middle school students; the Mobile Chicken Coop, that enables

Empower Farms to provide space for chickens who forage in various locations to safely roost, nest, and lay eggs; the current infill buildout of the B.E. & W.R. Miller BuildLab (designed by Rocco Ceo, directed by Max Bunster and Gary Tarbe, University of Miami Real Estate & Facilities Design & Construction, and built by Foreman Construction, Inc.), and the current project for a Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Shade House Prototype. The collaborative nature of this work, the interdisciplinary engagement across the field of community services, and the multiple domains of the construction establish a mode of engaged practice that is a harbinger of the future. As the world increasingly reveals the need for, and importance of human-centered design in synchronization with environment, the Design/Build Studio Program contributes, through its methods and processes, to both the knowledge base necessary for this work, and the role of the professional in the community.


Orchid Pavilion frame braces.


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Rocco Ceo Design/Build Program Director, Co-Founder and Professor University of Miami School of Architecture

A Professor of Architecture, Rocco Ceo teaches courses in: Design, Design/ Build (with Jim Adamson), foundation courses in freehand and mechanical Drawing, drawing seminars on color theory, Michelangelo, Historic American Building Survey/HABS and Historic American Landscape Survey/HALS. He has produced drawings of the elements of Florida’s landscapes as well as the documentation of seminal sites in the history of South Florida such as Vizcaya and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas home. His published work includes the award winning books, Redland: A Preservation and Tourism Plan done with Margot Ammidown and

Maria Nardi and Historic Landscapes of Florida co-authored with Joanna Lombard. His architecture practice focuses on the unique relationship between architecture and landscape found in the American Tropics. His work has received awards from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Progressive Architecture, and I.D. Magazine. His interest in paradox found in the study of the natural world informs his architecture, research and painting.


Jim Adamson Design/Build Program Co-Founder, Co-Director Billy E. Miller Design/Build Faculty University of Miami School of Architecture

Jim Adamson is a partner in the design/ build firm Jersey Devil, known for its commitment to craftsmanship and sustainable architecture. It is an itinerant group of designers, artists, and craftsmen who move on to a site and actually build their designs and allow those designs to evolve during construction. Their projects have been published in numerous magazines and are featured in two books: THE JERSEY DEVIL DESIGN/ BUILD BOOK, by Michael J. Crosbie, Peregrine Smith Books 1985 and DEVIL’S WORKSHOP - 25 YEARS of JERSEY DEVIL ARCHITECTURE, by Susan PiedmontPalladino and Mark Branch, Princeton


Architectural Press 1997, DESIGN/BUILD WITH JERSEY DEVIL: A HANDBOOK FOR EDUCATION AND PRACTICE, by Charlie Hailey, Princeton Architectural Press, 2016. In recent years, Adamson co-teaches the Design/Build Studio at the University of Miami and also continues to co-teach the Public Interest Design/Build course at YesterMorrow. In prior years, Adamson has led numerous design/build projects with architectural students from MIT, Miami University, University of Washington, U of Texas Austin, and the National Taipei University of Technology, in Mexico, India, Cuba, Ghana, Taiwan, El Salvador, Cambodia and South Africa.





Motes Orchid Pavilion 2009

Mobile PermaKitchen 2010-11

Everglades Eco-tent 2012

Guara Ki Eco Farm Rural Bathroom Facilities 2013

Mobile Coffee Kiosk: Billy Goat CafĂŠ 2014

The Million Orchid Project STEMLab 2015

Mobile Chicken Coop 2016

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Shade House Prototype 2017-18

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Transporting the structure in three parts.



Dr. Martin Motes & Mrs. Mary Motes


Claudia Acuna, Luna Bernfest, Eric Brown, Aramis Camacho, Jessica Corter, Amanda Del Rio, Robert Douglas, Melissa Harrison, Billy King, Tony Kuo, Ralph Provisero, Jessica Rausch, Lamar Rollins, Courtney Webster

Faculty: Jim Adamson Rocco Ceo

Motes Orchid Pavilion


The Sales-Display Pavilion built by the

as proposed by the owners, was to create a small structure to replace an existing temporary structure.

UM Design/Build class is a structure perfectly matched to its site and use. The light airy design, providing ample air flow and visual interest reflects the best atmospheric qualities of the greenhouses where the flowers being displayed and sold have been grown. Similarly, the choice of materials, predominantly native cypress, mirrors the wooden baskets in which the plants are rooted and the slat roofed growing house where they have been cultivated. The Design/Build Pavilion combines beauty and functionality in a way particularly felicitously suited to Motes Orchid. - Martin Motes, Owner of Motes Orchids

Located in the heart of Redland just south of two popular landmarks, the historic Redland School and Knaus Berry Farm, the Motes property is a five-acre plot along 162nd Avenue. The site is a sequence of contrasts starting with a dense, dark hardwood hammock concealing an early wood frame house and remnants of an old avocado grove, to a light-filled open green that leads to the shade houses in which filtered light and controlled humidity create the perfect growing conditions for the luxurious Vandas that are displayed within. The project site is located in a gap between the open green and a long Cypress wood pergola that connects the visitor to the shade houses. The built pavilion is therefore visible from the green and is the first (and last) structure the public sees when visiting the site.

Dr. Martin Motes and his wife Mary, operate Motes Orchids Inc., a nursery that specializes in Vandas and allied genera, species, hybrids and intergenerics. Their world-renowned nursery is located in the sub-tropical agricultural community in MiamiDade County known as Redland. As published authors, both Martin and Mary Motes have been instrumental in expanding the public’s knowledge of orchid propagation. The project,

The design of the project was accomplished in a series of short 30-minute to one-hour charrettes of teams of students whose membership was constantly changing.


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This scramble technique allowed

for many ideas to surface without any one group or person controlling the direction of the design. The final design was therefore, by virtue of this approach by consensus. From these rough sketches, the final design was developed in drawing and model form in order to detail connections, accurately size members and estimate costs. Model making was the final step in the process before construction. Making a large one-inch to onefoot model provided a scaled down version of the larger project. If the model could be successfully built, more than likely, so could the fullscale building. Pieces were cut to size and questions of assembly were discussed. The model helped estimate the number of pieces needed as well as how it could be assembled. The model could be pushed and pulled to simulate live loads, testing the building’s ability to resist such forces. In addition to the model’s ability to bring us closer to construction, it was an essential tool to convey design ideas to the client. Drawings then performed a variety of roles: to show the client specific dimensional characteristics of the building, to build the model,

and finally, to do material take offs to determine the number of members, fasteners, and amounts of materials needed to construct the building. The new pavilion serves as an informal check-out area and place of rest for customers visiting the nursery. Built of cypress wood, the new structure is compatible with the existing Cypress trellis entrance, running perpendicular to the vaulted shade houses. The limited program and the owner’s specific material request inspired a solution that combines the shade house program with needed site furniture. Ultimately the new pavilion provides a place for informal gatherings, small classes, and a place out of the rain that can house a desk and display area for books, orchids and orchid products. Modular in design, the project was built at the School of Architecture as three separate units in order to be small enough to be transported to the site. The students’ final design borrows heavily from the material palette of the shade houses and pergola it abuts. Modular, well ventilated, and of permanent materials that will age well, the new structure also offers a place for visitors to just sit and enjoy being in the country while admiring one of its products.


Students rest after loading one section of the Pavilion.


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Students make scaled model.


Finished cypress pavilion marks the entrance to Motes’ shade house complex.


Opening day.





Earth Learning


Hassan Bagheri, Jenna Chandler, David Chessrown, Ryan Coffield, Thomas Johnson, Karl Landsteiner, Nick Marinos, Mai Oizumi, Erik Ross, Carol Santana Etai Timna, Ashley Walton

Faculty: Jim Adamson Rocco Ceo with Mike Arnspiger and Ralph Provisero

Mobile PermaKitchen


The project client, Earth Learning,

was founded in 2003 as a result of the work of the Earth Literacy network among Miami Dade College’s Earth Ethics Institute (Miami), Genesis Farm (Blairstown, NJ), St. Thomas University’s Center for Healing the Earth (Miami), and the Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center (Washburn, TN), all of which continue today. Earth Learning is a collaborative that inspires people, ventures, projects, and activities through ecological learning experiences and is dedicated to growing a life-sustaining culture in the Greater Everglades bioregion. Part of a global movement toward an ecologically sustainable world, Earth Learning is focusing programs to develop a local, just, and sustainable foodshed in the Greater Everglades.

and professionals. The goal is to teach by example using “people power” (hand-driven appliances) and appropriate technology that can run on renewable energy. Further, many small farmers and community gardeners do not have access to a certified kitchen for value-added processing to give their produce a second life as salsa, dried fruit, or jams and jellies. The Mobile PermaKitchen will enable local small growers, farmers, community gardeners (in all situations from urban to rural) to process (freeze, dehydrate, prepare, cook) what they harvest on the spot, especially in offthe-grid locations.

The site is both static and dynamic. Students addressed the constraints of designing for the road, as well as The primary purpose of The Mobile for the needs of the fixed operation PermaKitchen is to support learning of the structure which occupies a experiences in sustainable agriculture, variety of different sites that range permaculture design, “real food” from the urban street to a rural field. preparation and processing skills, The Earth Learning base at Guara Ki and nutrition education. Audiences Eco Farm in Redland, Florida, is an trained include people in food instructional, sustainable, agricultural insecure communities, farm workers, grove and is the primary site for the entrepreneurs, backyard growers, Mobile PermaKitchen.


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The project is designed to meet

local, state and federal codes with regard to a structure of this type and occupancy, with special consideration given to issues related to the safe, healthy and practical preparation and processing of natural and organic foods. Students worked with the State of Florida’s technical requirements for a mobile food dispensing vehicle (MFDV) which require special needs related to equipment, fire suppression, lighting, plumbing, materials and methods of construction, and maintenance. The success of the Mobile PermaKitchen prototype generated a second mobile kitchen which was built by U-SoA alumnus, Mike Poupore, for the Bon Secours Virginia Health System. The Class-A-Roll supports Bon Secours Virginia’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative and is currently operating in the East End of Richmond, in coordination with the newly renovated Bon Secours Center for Healthy Living Sarah Garland Jones Center.


Installing interior furring and insulation of main compartment and walk-in freezer.


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PermaKitchen plan with doors open.


PermaKitchen open to reveal center cooking island and stage.


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Eco-tent overlooking Flamingo Campground and Flamingo Bay.



Everglades National Park at Flamingo


Violet Battat, Giancarlo Belledonne, Michael Galea, Carlo Guzman De Jesus, Luan Hao, Glenn Laaspere, Ruslana Makarenko, Catherine O’Sullivan, Kelly Sawyna, Megan Sippel, Sam Vana

Faculty: Jim Adamson Rocco Ceo

Everglades Eco-Tent 2012 The Eco-Tent for Everglades

National Park at Flamingo, Florida facilitates Everglades conservation and education of the Everglades by providing overnight accommodations on a remote camping site that has been without accommodations since Hurricane Andrew swept through in 1992. Self-contained and off-the-grid, the Eco-Tent is designed to sleep four. The project is a prototype developed with industry partner and shade architecture company Tuuci.

factors including high winds, flood waters, and clouds of mosquitoes. One detail developed with the advice of NPS staff was the stringing of monofilament between the finials to keep turkey buzzards and other birds from perching on the tent ridge poles. While the project was immensely popular - its first season (rented every day for eight months) - some poorly functioning zippers and pesky mosquitoes rendered the design in need of better bug control with tent ingress and egress. The National Park Service ultimately intends to lease the site to an outside vendor to build thirty more Eco-Tents and with Design/Build Studio assistance, address the bug control and ingress/egress conditions.

One of the biggest challenges was to design the Eco-Tent as a seasonal structure that could be taken down during the hurricane season when mosquitoes and inclement weather make the site mostly uninhabitable. The project needed to be able to be deployed by park staff and taken down The commitment to modularity is fundamental to this process of design within a few hours in order to be a which requires being able to assemble practical solution. and take apart what we conceive in The South Florida National Parks Trust our heads, on our drawing boards, and and Everglades National Park provided in this case, the building itself. It is a building that encourages nomadic work support and funding for this project. and is connected to the architecture The concerns intrinsic to the project of the region which ranges from the challenged the Design/Build Studio Seminole “Chickee� to the railroad to design for, and in, a remote and camp structures of Henry Flagler, all of unforgiving location with unique site which were meant to be seasonal, or demands. Design tolerances needed occupied for a specific time period. to be exact to address environmental


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Section showing pole structure, tent and interior frame wall.


Test deployment of pole frame.


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Opening day at Flamingo Campgrounds.


Student model used to study tent construction and base.


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Western view of red cedar structure with composting toilet on right and rain fed shower on left. Roof ridge has yet to be cut to finished length.




Earth Learning

Students: Robbie Allison, Nestor Arguello, Sinead Camillo, Drew Dent, Miles Glover, Francisco Jimenez, Kristen Meyer, Ariana Ragusa, Amanda Rosenfeld, Ma Zheng

Faculty: Jim Adamson Rocco Ceo

Guara Ki Eco Farm Rural Bathroom Facilities 2013 Earth Learning, the client for the

Mobile PermaKitchen, was the client for the Guara Ki Eco Farm Rural Bathroom Facilities (RBF), a mobile restroom and shower facility, to meet the needs of the thousands of migrant workers who are both seasonal and permanent employees of a more than two-billion-dollar-ayear agricultural industry in MiamiDade. The RBF is a much-needed program that satisfies the problem of providing off-the-grid sanitary facilities for farm workers who, given the remote location of their work, lack these basic needs.

and store water for showering, hand washing, and if required, irrigation. Amidst the group of Design/Build Studio projects built to date, the RBF addressed the less exotic, but perhaps more significant, global issue of lack of sanitary facilities for much of the world’s population.

The 20’ long structure is built on wood skids supporting a louvered, five-bay structure that houses a shower at one end, and a composting toilet on the opposite end. Built at bench height, the floor provides a shaded refuge from the noon-day tropical sun. The client grows organic produce and While the project was sponsored by a wanted untreated wood that would specific farm and client, the students age well and be naturally resistant to were asked to design and build insect devastation. Built of Western an inexpensive facility that could Red Cedar with louvered walls in a be replicated and used in remote dog-trot type, the structure also has a locations. The narrow building pleasant aromatic quality appropriate footprint, not much longer than an for its program. This was the first automobile, was designed to be Design/Build project built delivered delivered to the site by tow-truck and to the site with minimum set up time. once on site, capable of being moved After delivery we added tank storage by tractor to field or farm as needed. and piping for the water collection The structure also needed to catch system and attached pre-made stairs.


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The water supply for the structure is

collected in two 50-gallon drums and hand pumped into two self-leveling pipes in the roof. One pipe is painted black, to be a solar hot water collector; the other hangs below it, for cold water. Through gravity, these pipes supply water to the shower and hand washing station outside the shower.


Francisco and Amanda working on panel doors.


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End bay showing chevron louvers, skip sheathing and FRP translucent roofing


Installing shower side door.


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Group picture of students and faculty with test run of the CafĂŠ.



University of Miami School of Architecture


Victor Aroh, Giuliano d’Arrigo, Andrea Gonzales-Rebull, Stacy Griffith, James Harris, Zhengrong Hu, Brenna Johnson, Taylor Lichteberger, Emma May, Lauren O’Halloran, Adam Jared Raiffe, Angelica Tavarez, Hiwot Tefera

Faculty: Jim Adamson Rocco Ceo

Mobile Coffee Kiosk: Billy Goat Café 2014 Designed for a student owned

and operated café for the School of Architecture at the University of Miami, the compact and mobile project has evolved beyond the dispensing of coffee to become an inspirational object. As a piece of construction, the mobile coffee kiosk is modest (42.25 sq. ft.) but wellcrafted, made entirely of Western Red Cedar supported on a welded hollow section aluminum frame. The whole structure is supported by casters that, once the structure is rolled into position, are leveled and fixed in place with (4) 1.5-ton car jacks keeping the wheels just an inch or so off the ground. The roof is a low-profile construction of thin sheets of fiber-reinforced plastic that allows the skip-sheathing of the roof to read from above at night. There are three drop-down, louvered panels with wide bottom sills, that when opened flat with the top plate of the lower louver, provide the countertops for the café. In addition to its overall craft, proportion and solidity, the cantilevered louver corner is one of the structure’s most daring and difficult details. This detail required many hours of mockup, rebuilding, and finish to achieve,


but was essential in allowing light to penetrate the corner and underscore the idea of the lantern. A source of pride for the architecture students who built it, the kiosk is also a full-scale reference for wood construction. In a city dominated by concrete construction, the tiny building stands as a tactile example of wood construction for architecture students who have limited exposure to it. The building can also be studied in its marketing operations and functions, since it is operated by students with profits going to fund the activities of the School of Architecture’s student organizations including the AIAS, USGBC Students, Student Council, and the student chapter of the CNU. As a pedagogical tool in its conception, construction, and now use, the kiosk is a small project with a big impact and hopes to change the way we see portable architecture on campus. As an open-air, tropical structure during the day, it is a fun place to work and at night, when closed and not operating, it functions as a lantern contributing to the ambiance of the oak covered courtyard as a place of meeting and conversation.


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Details of floor, sills and roof framing.


Upward view of braced panels, finished roof and center globe light.


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Night view of Billy Goat CafĂŠ as courtyard lantern.


CafĂŠ open for business with drop down panels forming counters.


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Finished exterior of re-purposed schoolbus now Fairchild STEMLab.



Miami-Dade Public Schools / Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden


Zachary Anderson, Luis Aragones, Ali Babowice, Nikita Chabra, Cristina Cusco, Priya Iyer, Gregory Lafaire, Tom Makowski, Timothy Nash, Tyler Nussbaum, Jon Russo, Jaime Segovia, Spencer Zimmerman

Faculty: Jim Adamson Austin Kane Matheson with Rocco Ceo

The Million Orchid Project STEMLab 2015 Miami-Dade County Public Schools

and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden engaged the Design/Build Studio to transform an ADA-accessible, decommissioned, yellow school bus into a state-of-the-art mobile orchid propagation lab. The STEMLab was outfitted to visit middle schools across Miami-Dade County and bring the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum to life through the Orchid Project.

set in motion partnerships with over 30 Miami-Dade Schools to grow one million orchids.

Outfitted with specialized laboratory equipment (including two laminar flow hoods, an autoclave, reverse osmosis water, photovoltaic power, a generator, a/c, refrigeration, laboratory plumbing, electricity and safety equipment), the STEMLab opened Fairchild’s 14th Annual Orchid Festival in March and in the Fall of 2016, Dr. Martin Motes, client of the first began its journey to Miami-Dade midDesign/Build project and long-time dle schools where students plant and affiliate of Fairchild Tropical Botanic transplant orchid seeds in sterile conGarden advised on the project. In ditions aboard the STEMLab, nurture addition to fully outfitting the bus orchid seedlings in mini botany labs as a mobile lab, all of the equipment housed in their classroom and collect removed from the bus during and analyze the data. As the orchids the renovation was repurposed grow, students will plant them in or recycled. The result of this trees around their schools, where coordinated construction of cabinetry, growth and ecological interactions carpentry and complex systems has can be monitored.


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Sections of bus showing equipment layout.


Austin works with students to finish gutting interior.


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Interior showing sterile equipment.


Lab instructors.


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Chicken coop between rows of fruit trees on farm.



Empower Farms


Taylor Brophy, Rogelio Cadena, Gerardo Delgadillo, Nicolas Delgado Alcega, Maura Gergerich, Xinyu He Asrar Jasem, Adriana Mackliff, Megan Pimentel Lacey Stansel, Jessica Stefanick, Samuel Wyner

Faculty: Jim Adamson Rocco Ceo

Mobile Chicken Coop 2016 Empower Farms is a young, small

farm with a big mission. In the words of Nicolas Miller, the farm’s manager:

increase of a small flock of chickens has created the need for expansion of space and equipment so that the farm can continue to be self-sustaining.

-In addition to farming good healthy food without chemicals and getting it to our customers while it is still fresh, our main purpose here is to incorporate people with disabilities into as many of our productive processes as possible and to give them a place to be active outside. In addition to seeing the results of their efforts, the farms’ participants learn about growing healthy food without damaging the environment, or better yet; healing it.

The Mobile Chicken Coop for Empower Farms is both rigid and lightweight so that it can be moved around the site without bottoming out or tipping over. The mobility of the structure enables the farm to provide different foraging areas for the chickens through “free ranging” during the day. Free range chickens are generally healthier, and their roaming helps keep weed growth and insects under control. This forage, along with grain, fruit and vegetable More than 500 people with disabilities scraps, provide an important part of participate in the farm as a place the chickens’ daily diet, and improve of learning and growth that is the quality of the eggs they produce. both physical and emotional. The farm’s ability to work with people The poultry house or coop provides regardless of skills underscores the the chickens a secure night location transformative mission of Empower with protection from the elements Farms. Positioned on a narrow plot and predators, as well as space of land that runs roughly east/west for roosting, nesting and laying in Homestead Florida, the different eggs. It is designed to be easy to production areas include a nursery, clean and maintain, since animal vegetable garden, and fruit forest, waste can make the structure smell, as well as areas undergoing habitat and promote bacterial growth and restoration, through re-introduction disease, adversely affecting the of native plants. Additionally, the chicken’s health.


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The design of the coop enables

effective lighting, ease of feeding the chickens, egg collection and careful control of climate. The coop also provides protection from theft, predators; (dogs, snakes, raccoons and lizards in particular), direct sunlight, rain, excessive wind, high heat or cold, and drastic changes in temperature. In hot humid climates, proper ventilation is key to keeping chickens from overheating which is accomplished through the practical use of louvers.


Discussion about roof framing with class.


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Interior cedar roosting poles and roof with new occupant.


Class with trailer chasis that will become the foundation for the coop.


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Presentation model.



Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden


Noor Alhazeem, Feras Almadhi, Mohammed Alwadie, Bernute Augustin, Xuan Bo, Emily Elkin, Marina Engel, Luke Gardner, Chesney Henry, Shannar O’Connor, Nahar Rushdi, Davin Stancil, Justin Tehrani, Kaidi Wei (KD), Jingchao Wu

Faculty: Jim Adamson Rocco Ceo

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Shade House Prototype 2017-18 Building on the success of the

STEMLab (2015) for the Million Orchid Campaign, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is supporting a new project to build a shade house prototype for the Miami-Dade County School System to ‘grow out’ seedlings first propagated in the mobile STEMLab. The resulting native orchids can then be planted in the ground or attached to trees to complete the process from lab to landscape. The program for the shade house is designed to form a kit-of-parts from off-the-shelf components that when disassembled could fit into an automobile for distribution and could be reassembled by middle school program teachers and students.

the structure, tables and irrigation, the final design provides the correct combination of shade and proper air circulation to protect the fragile plants from the sun and discourage mold, within a pleasant space for instruction and independent work.

Finally, the lightweight structure is anchored to the ground with water containers, (from the rainwater collection system), providing the weight needed to prevent uplift and overturning of the structure. The frame is situated on a foundation of adjustable carriage bolts connected to disks of Western Red Cedar that allow the structure to negotiate different topography and surface materials and remain level. Most importantly, the design can be The design is based on a module assembled and disassembled with an of 5’x 9’ bays, with the largest Allen wrench and plastic ties, making pole no bigger than 6’-2” long and it user-friendly and portable. This accommodates 2’ deep tables capable project takes the goals of modularity of holding 24 standard nursery and portability found in previous trays in a variety of configurations. Design/Build Studio projects to The walk-through plan allows for a new level and hopes to restore additional work space, a portable a decimated landscape of native sink, and rain-fed irrigation that flanks orchids that once was a notable either side of central circulation aisle. feature of the sub-tropical landscape After mocking up components for of south Florida.


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Details for shadecloth attachment, tables and hanging baskets.


End view of shade house with parts labeled for disassembly.


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Side view of shade house showing 70% shadecloth.


Details of tables, shadecloth attachment and water storage.


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Northeast elevation of BuildLab showing louvers at night.



University of Miami School of Architecture


Noor Alhazeem, Feras Almadhi, Mohammed Alwadie, Bernute Augustin, Xuan Bo, Emily Elkin, Marina Engel, Luke Gardner, Chesney Henry, Shannar O’Connor, Nahar Rushdi, Davin Stancil, Justin Tehrani, Kaidi Wei (KD), Jingchao Wu

Faculty: Jim Adamson Rocco Ceo

B.E. & W.R. Miller BuildLab Infill Louvered Walls 2017-18 Designed by Professor Rocco Ceo,

single, spacious outdoor room, 1924 sq. ft. in plan, 17’-0” high, the B.E. & W.R. Miller BuildLab’s structural system is realized in a poured-inplace reinforced concrete frame. The concrete building was ready for the Design/Build Studio to complete the infill of operable, louvered wood panels on the upper level and louvered doors on the ground floor in the Fall of 2017. One building-height door is positioned in the center of the south elevation and sized to the dimensional clearances required of the road, allowing for a flatbed truck to back in and load a building, in part or whole, no more than 8’-6” wide or 13’-6” high from grade.

equipment needed for building. The B.E. & W.R. Miller BuildLab is an open hub of activity through the process of infill now, and into the future as the site where modular projects will be assembled, disassembled, then shipped and re-assembled on site. The student designed wood louvered wall system is made of ‘kebony,’ a durable, non-toxic alternative to pressure treated lumber. After numerous full scale mock-ups of different louver spacing, the students arrived at a design that encourages sunlight, ventilation and visibility into the structure to make a very open and public gesture.

Expanding the studio’s scope and productivity by providing yearround protection from the weather as well as safe and efficient tool and material storage, the B.E. & W.R. Miller BuildLab will also enhance the pre-fabrication capabilities of the studio. Direct access for trucks will greatly facilitate material handling and final delivery of the projects, given the adherence to FDOT’s standards. The activity of construction and the At grade, docked around the buildings Design/Build students’ infill work has base, are four 15’ long steel containers already made the B.E. & W.R. Miller which house materials, tools, and all BuildLab a campus destination. These maximum dimensions are specified by the Florida Department of Transportation for transporting anything down the road without a special permit. The building as a whole is in some ways like a mold or jig built to check dimensions of all that goes out from it. In short if it can leave the building it can go down the road.


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Luke installing louver panel frame on upper level.


Finished operable and fixed ‘kebony’ panels on upper level. Mock-up of louvers in spruce on left edge of photo.


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Noor puts together frames while Jim looks on.


Bo cuts louvers for frames.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Just as the Design/Build Studio represents multiple networks of collaboration in the process of consultation, design, construction and delivery, the existence of the Design/Build Studio and its ongoing work depends on an even larger network of partners, collaborators and supporters. These acknowledgments attempt to highlight some of the many people and businesses and thank everyone involved, without whom this work and this building would not be possible. Deepest thanks go to the first donors to the program, especially longtime program supporters the Miller family, whose naming gift for the B.E. & W. R. Miller BuildLab building has ensured the permanence of the program. Additional thanks to our lead donors Coastal Construction, Beth and Jay Lotspiech, Jane Sessa, and the Clinton Family Foundation. Project specific supporters include C&R Metals, Inc., Dynalectric Company, Doudney Sheet Metal Works, Grainger, Hidalgo Construction, Home Depot, Jones Lumber, Kebony, Lowes, Shell Lumber and Hardware, Simpson Strong Tie, and Terra Forma Company, Jane Decker, Jihad Dougeiji, of the Audy Group LLC, Joseph Epstein, Brian Gaines, Gaston Isidron,

Lamar Noriega, Diego Rico, Tricia Russell, Jori Smith, Tricia Vohden and Carolyn White. Project support includes expertise, such as structural engineering by Gerald DeMarco, counsel by Jose A. Baerga, Everglades National Park Architect, and Dougan Clarke, CEO and Chief Product Architect of TUUCI. Clients with their organizations and agencies brought specific expertise and insight to each endeavor, including Carl Lewis, Director, and Amy Padolf, Director of Education, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; Mario Yanez at Earth Learning, the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks team of Fred Herling, Michael Jester, Facility Manager; Dan B. Kimball, Superintendent; Mike Savage National Park Services, Alan Scott, Chief, Interpretation and Visitor Services; Keith Whisenant, and at the South Florida National Park Trust, Executive Director Don Finefrock. Within the larger University of Miami community, the Real Estate and Facilities division’s Department of Design & Construction team members have been consistent and engaged advisers throughout the last nine years. Juan Rodriguez-Vela, University Architect, began with us on the first project and has remained a steady advisor. Throughout the design of the B.E. & W.R. Miller BuildLab by Rocco Ceo, the D&C team provided


expert advice, led by Project Managers Max Bunster and Jaqueline Candela, and Senior Project Manager Gary Tarbe, who closely coordinated the building of the project with Mary Foreman and Paul Porter of Foreman Construction, Inc.

support and seeing the project through. We also appreciate his investment in Design/Build as an essential component of the School of Architecture.

Finally, thanks are owed to every single client, partner, funder, friend, faculty and Within the School of Architecture, staff member, and student, who over the thanks must first go to Elizabeth Plateryears has contributed to the Design/ Zyberk, Malcolm Matheson Distinguished Build Studio through their interest and Professor of Architecture, Director of the direct participation, helping to propel Master of Urban Design Program, and the program to its current state and Dean Emeritus, who with former Director who will continue to ensure the success of Development Lamar Noriega, devoted of the program. The B.E. & W.R. Miller more than five years to the initial launch BuildLab is a tangible expression of this and early support and fundraising needed world of collaborations, past, present and to bring the Design/Build Studio into future. The juxtaposition of the Indiana existence. Among the many supporters Limestone plaque that was hunted, in the School of Architecture, former honed and carved by third generation Associate Dean Denis Hector provided stone carver, Nicholas Benson, on the advice from budgeting to construction frame of the structure with the student with specific experience in tensile teams working to complete the infill structures; the late Adrian Villaraos, illustrates the Design/Build Studio’s former Model Shop Director assisted the proposition that we are all enhanced first generation of students in skill building by working together in the unique at the opening of the program; Financial capacity we each can bring, in the Analyst Chenique Wilcox is an integral service of projects that contribute to partner in the coordination of project our community. The B.E. & W.R. Miller budgets. Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury made BuildLab is an incubator of the projects it a priority to realize the BuildLab when to come that will strengthen and deepen he joined the university in 2014. We thank our commitment to the community by him and his team, including Adriana solving real problems in tangible and Verdeja, Lisa Merritt, and Associate meaningful ways. Dean Carmen Guerrero for consolidating - Rocco Ceo and Jim Adamson


March 2018 University of Miami School of Architecture Design/Build Program Rocco Ceo

Design/Build Program Director, Co-Founder and Professor

Jim Adamson

Design/Build Program Co-Founder, Co-Director and Billy E. Miller Design/Build Faculty

1223 Dickinson Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146 Tel: +1 (305) 284-3731 arc.miami.edu

Tablet designed and hand carved in Indiana Limestone by Nicholas Benson.

For additional information about supporting the BuildLab program, please contact Silvia Alvarez at Silvia.Alvarez@miami. edu or 305-284-5002.

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