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Community oriented projects that JLRD has provided innovative design for include The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, The City of Aventura Performing Arts Theater, and The College of Arts and Letters "Living Room Theaters" located at FAU's Boca Raton campus.

Special attention is required on projects such as these with regards to acoustics and sound vibrations. Individual space control must be taken into account to ensure occupancy comfort and lighting control of the different types of space uses. These facilities have large concentrated lighting heat loads and also have large open seating areas where high volumes of people move to and from, requiring proactive heating and cooling, and lighting system control and activation. Vibration from rotating equipment is of special concern, and prevention of noise generated from outside must be prevented from transmitting to interior occupied spaces. JLRD has successfully orchestrated the MEP design requirements as evidenced by LEED accreditation of several of these projects.


Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art

Ft Lauderdale Museum of Art

The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art is one of South Florida’s leading cultural attractions with over 21,000 square feet of gallery and lecture spaces. The museum has partnered with Nova Southeastern University to provide art education at the adult, high school, and underclassmen levels.

Approximately 9,000 square feet of the 2nd and 3rd floors of the museum underwent renovation, including gallery exhibit areas, the period room, as well as administrative and storage spaces. As an integral element of this project, the existing plumbing, HVAC, lighting, power, life-safety, and security systems were modernized.

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Client Nova Southeastern University
Completed 2000
Location Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Role M/E/P Design
Cost $2.8 Million
Sq. Ft. 9,000


LEED CertifiedIn need of a landmark venue for intimate concerts, lectures, plays and performances, the City of Aventura selected PGAL and JLRD to execute their vision of a new LEED Certified performing arts and cultural center. The traditional proscenium theatre includes a pre-function lobby, café, backstage support/dressing and administrative areas.

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Client City of Aventura
Completed 2010
Location Aventura, FL
Role M/E/P/FP
Cost $7 Million
Sq. Ft. 15,000 SF
326 Seats


JLRD provided Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection design for this 20,000 square foot remodel of the former Palm Beach Public School, located on Palm Beach, into a state-of-the-art auditorium and multi-use facility. In addition to the large multi-functional space that can serve as a performance auditorium/theater or a venue for group gatherings, the facility also boasts classrooms, demonstration kitchen, artist in residence apartment, and administrative space.

The structure is an historical building and design was approved by the Palm Beach Landmark Committee. The existing Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems were completely replaced with new, modern, energy efficient systems employing sustainable technology. The facility was completed on schedule and occupied in January, 2013.

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Client Society of the Four Arts
Completed 2012
Location Palm Beach, FL
Role M/E/P/FP
Cost $8.5 Million
Sq. Ft. 20,000

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