The FIU Center for Translational Science facility generates real research opportunities for FIU faculty and graduate students.
In March of 2020, Florida International University acquired a state if the art research facility where the Center for Translational Science now grows in Port St. Lucie. This 103,000 sq. ft. facility, built for medical research, is a LEED® Silver certified building. With the installation of only FSC certified wood products (wood grown and developed using responsible forestry management techniques). The building also consists of construction materials that were extracted and manufactured within the region, materials such as; metal framing, gypsum wallboard, concrete and rebar were used for the construction of the building, thereby supporting the use of local resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.
- The building provides 19 secure bicycle racks and six shower and changing facilities for faculty and staff. The building encourages users of the building to ride their bicycles to work therefore reducing the pollution and land development impacts associated with automobile use.
- The building provides a vegetated open space area adjacent to the building that is equal to the building footprint. Open space reduces urban heat island effect, increases storm water infiltration and provides habitat for vegetation and wildlife.
- The building has installed white roofing material to provide high solar reflectance, reducing heat island effect around the building and costs associated with cooling and HVAC equipment.
- Minimum exterior site lighting has been provided in order to reduce sky glow and impact to nocturnal wildlife.