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Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla.

Arquitectonica takes a fresh approach to new headquarters for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla.

Arquitectonica takes a fresh approach to new headquarters for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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    Norman McGrath

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla.

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    Norman McGrath

    The creased roof of the Sarasota Herald Tribune headquarters is the building's signature. The design takes advantage of the local climate by integrating a deck accessible from the newsroom and by cladding the building in glass, so the sunlight can illuminate the interior during the day. Galvalume standing-seam roof - Morrell Sheet Metal 55-percent aluminum, zinc-alloy coated sheet steel - Vertical seams stand 90 degrees from the roof surface - Seams usually occur every 18-24 inches but can be custom set Single-ply PVC membrane - Sika Sarnafil - www.sarnafilus.com Fiberglass-reinforced membrane - Can withstand long-term exposure to the elements - Lacquer coating resists staining from airborne pollutants - Vapor permeable - Available in six standard and custom colors - Comes in 6.5- foot- and 10-foot-wide rolls

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    The creased roof of the Sarasota Herald Tribune headquarters is the building's signature. The design takes advantage of the local climate by integrating a deck accessible from the newsroom and by cladding the building in glass, so the sunlight can illuminate the interior during the day. Aluminum curtain-wall system - Owen Internationa - www.owenint.com Specifically designed curtain-wall system - Incorporates extruded aluminum mullions and Viracon glass - Different sized panels allow for differentiation along the exterior surface of the building Bertoia side chair - Knoll Studio - www.knoll.com Welded steel frame - Available in polished chrome or powder- coated paint - Cushioning options include seat, back, and complete - Greenguard certified Ipe wood decking - The Wood Company - www.thewoodcompany.net Custom deck over the entrance lobby - Solid ipe boards - Manufactured to accommodate winding gravel walk - Weather-treated to prevent rot

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    The creased roof of the Sarasota Herald Tribune headquarters is the building's signature. The design takes advantage of the local climate by integrating a deck accessible from the newsroom and by cladding the building in glass, so the sunlight can illuminate the interior during the day. Downlights - Lithonia - www.lithonia.com 3-, 5-, 6-, and 8-inch apertures in frame-in models - Galvanized steel frame - Variety of facing options Azuria low-E coated laminated glass - Viracon - www.viracon.com Line of five azurelite low-E insulating glasses - Shading coeffi cients between .44 and .55 depending on tint - ½ -inch thickness - UV transmittance less than 1 percent Concrete walkways - SB Ballard - www.sbballard.com System of pathways and sidewalks surrounding the building - Specially designed and installed by SB Ballard - Standard and custom tinting options available - Varied finishes Door Closers - Sargent - www.sargentlock.com Forged steel arms - Available in several sprayed metallic finishes - Allows for 140-degree door opening - Separate closing and latching speeds

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    The bulk of the newspaper's employees work in the second and third floor newsrooms, connected by a large open stairwell to promote ready circulation between departments. The third floor ceiling is shaped by the folds of the roof, lending a sense of sculpture to the sea of cubicles. Interior paint - Porter Paints - www.porterpaints.com Available primarily as tinting bases to allow for exact color matching and custom color - Eggshell, matte, and various gloss options available - Coverage is approximately 400 square feet per gallon on smooth surfaces - Low odor - Soap and water clean-up Tru Colours modular carpet tile - Shaw Contract - www.shawcontractgroup.com Solution-dyed nylon carpet fibers - Ecoworx backing - Level-loop construction Concore-panel raised access floor - Tate Access Floors - www.tateaccessfloors.com Panels have a flat-top steel sheet welded to a formed-steel bottom sheet - Filled with lightweight cement available in 24-inch squares Ripple bench - Steelcase - www.steelcase.com Available with flat or wave tops - Optional ganging device to connect individual benches together - Designed by Laurinda Spear of Arquitectonica

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    The bulk of the newspaper's employees work in the second and third floor newsrooms, connected by a large open stairwell to promote ready circulation between departments. The third floor ceiling is shaped by the folds of the roof, lending a sense of sculpture to the sea of cubicles. Fineline ceiling suspension system - USG - www.usg.com Narrow slotted profile - 1/4-inch reveal - Mitered intersections - Hotdipped galvanized steel construction - Optional air diffuser Millenia ceiling tiles - USG - www.usg.com Fine-textured acoustical panels - Inhibition of mold/mildew - High noise-reduction coefficients - Alternative to face-laminated panels

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    The bulk of the newspaper's employees work in the second and third floor newsrooms, connected by a large open stairwell to promote ready circulation between departments. The third floor ceiling is shaped by the folds of the roof, lending a sense of sculpture to the sea of cubicles. Improv TAG task chair - Haworth - www.haworth.com Molded polyfoam contoured seat cushion - Hard, dual-wheel casters - Pneumatic seat adjustment - High-arc, five-prong molded plastic base - Optional two-position back lock

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    The bulk of the newspaper's employees work in the second and third floor newsrooms, connected by a large open stairwell to promote ready circulation between departments. The third floor ceiling is shaped by the folds of the roof, lending a sense of sculpture to the sea of cubicles. Indirect fluorescent cove lights - Insight Lighting - www.insightlighting.com Single-piece extruded aluminum luminaire housing - Takes T5 or T5HO lamps - Standard low-profile bracket allows cove-mounting - Rotatable fixture allows for wash to be directed and adjusted Diet panel system - Teknion - www.teknion.com Thin 1.3-inch-thick freestanding panel system - Designed for highdensity applications - Walls can be specified with combinations of fabric, glazed, open, and slat panels

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    The newspaper is not the only tenant in the building. The local news channel, SNN Channel 6, has a blackbox studio from which they broadcast the nightly news. The inclusion of the soundstage in the building allows ready access to the newsrooms and research departments for the evening's stories.

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    Plastic Laminate Wilsonar - www.wilsonart.com Part of The Standards series, this plastic laminate is one of hundreds of colors available from Wilsonart (above, Hunter Nebula). Laminates are also available in patterns, solids, and simulated wood grains, granites, marbles, and stones.

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    Terrazzo Floor Tile Wausau Tile - www.wausautile.com Wausau's traditional terrazzo line includes 40 standard colors and the option for custom coloring. Tiles come standard in 12-inch, 16-inch, and 24-inch squares. Edging options include square and chamfered, and thickness varies by length and width dimensions.

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    Marmoleum Forb - www.forbo-flooring.com Marmoleum is a naturally durable resilient floor covering with inherent anti-microbial properties. The brand's Top Shield finish protects against dirt build-up, allowing for easier cleaning. The product is available in a range of colors and patterns, as well as in sheets or tiles for greater design flexibility.

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    Porcelain Wall Tile Dal-Til - www.dal-tile.com These versatile 1/4-inch-thick tiles are rated for everything from commercial backsplashes to pool linings. Field tiles are available in a variety of colors (above, white) and stone-simulating patterns, and come in 1-inch squares, 2-inch square, 3-inch squares, 1-inch-by-2-inch bricks and 1-inch hexagons.

Origami, waves in the ocean, a newspaper unfolding, or paper moving through a printing press: however you describe it, the form of downtown Sarasota's newest landmark has the locals pondering architecture. Charged by the publisher of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the city's main news organization, to design a building that celebrates the region's mid-century modern heritage, Miami-based Arquitectonica translated 1950s precedents into state-of-the-art, 21st-century editorial offices and broadcasting studios.

One of the first decisions the architects made was to raise the bulk of the building above the ground plane. Historically, buildings in this storm-prone region were hoisted aloft for climatic reasons. In this instance, it maximizes the use of the property, providing ample employee parking under the building.

The majority of the program in this three-story, 71,250-square-foot building is apportioned to the upper two floors. A multimedia newsroom occupies most of the third level. Workstations are situated along the window wall to maximize the daylight, and an undulating ceiling (the underside of the creased roof-line) adds dimension and airiness to the space. An open plan suits the newspaper staff 's interdisciplinary structure, where teams form across departments. “It was very important in the new building to be able to maintain relationships between the departments, so that they are efficient,” says Alfonso Jurado, project architect for Arquitectonica. Contributing to the openness of the plan is the fact that the building is supported on steel columns pulled away from its perimeter.

The white-painted columns rise as high as 54 feet and support generous roof overhangs that shield occupants from the strong rays of the Florida sun. “On the upper levels we have a clerestory, and because of the peaks and valleys of the roof, we couldn't take the shades all the way up to the ceiling,” Jurado says. “To make up for that, we extended the overhang to block the sun from coming in through that part of the glass.”

Glass is a low-E glazed, impact-resistant curtain-wall system, rated for 120 miles-per-hour hurricane-force winds. Tinted in shades of green and blue, the glass maximizes natural light coming into the building while restricting heat gain. Roll-down shades are tied to a central monitoring system with sensors throughout the building to balance glare from the sun with daylight and outside views.

In Florida, where tropical summer storms bring several inches of rain, sometimes in less than an hour, managing runoff is a priority. This client wanted a different solution than a retention pond. “When [the retention pond] is not filled, it just becomes an unsightly pit with vegetation growing out of it,” Jurado explains. “[The client] did not want to give up the land to it either, because it meant we would have had to lose parking.” Instead, water is directed from the building through internal drains located in the columns on the western facade. The water is diverted underneath the driveway to an underground vault, where it is treated before being discharged into the city's storm-water system.

Similarly hidden from view, another innovative strategy in the headquarters' design is the air flow. A raised floor throughout the building houses all of the cabling and power, plus serves as a pressurized air-filled cavity for the HVAC system. “The air-handling unit pipes the air under the floor at a slightly lower temperature than it would if it were being distributed overhead, and equates to a savings in energy costs because you don't have to cool the air as much,” explains Jurado. Air quality is improved because the return air is located at the ceiling, so rising air doesn't mix with the supply air. Employees at each workstation have a register in the floor to control the amount of air coming into their spaces. “We were trying to make the building efficient and comfortable for the occupants,” Jurado says.

The most distinctive feature of the building, the undulating roof, is made of Galvalume aluminum set over insulation and a metal deck. “It's open to interpretation,” Jurado says of the roof's form. “The important thing is that it gets people thinking.”


  • David Thurm
Vice President Real Estate Development
The New York Times

    Credit: New York Times

    David Thurm Vice President Real Estate Development The New York Times
  • Hussain Ali-Khan
Vice President Real Estate Development
The New York Times

    Credit: New York Times

    Hussain Ali-Khan Vice President Real Estate Development The New York Times
  • Laurinda Spear
Partner-in-Charge of Design
Arquitectonica

    Credit: Maggie Silverstein

    Laurinda Spear Partner-in-Charge of Design Arquitectonica


PROJECT
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Headquarters

ADDRESS
Sarasota, Florida

CLIENT
The New York Times

ARCHITECT
Arquitectonica—Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Laurinda Spear (partners-incharge of design); Jenifer Briley (project designer); Alfonso Jurado (project architect); Paul Edwards (head of interior design team)ENGINEERS
Jenkins & Charland (structural); Tilden Lobnitz Cooper (M/E/ P); Kimley-Horn and Associates (civil)

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
Turner Construction Company

CONSULTANTS
URG/Kimey-Horn and Associates (landscape); Tiloden Lobnitz Cooper (telecom engineer); F/X Scenery & Display (TV studio interior and set); WSI (TV studio weather first station)

COST
$13,000,000