Everything you need to know about AHC5


Today, the Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work is delighted to hold the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the brand new Academic Health Center 5 complex. Here is everything you need to know about our new home:

The complex houses our entire college

For the first time all of our academic areas share one building. This is in addition to the College of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Earth & Environment, the International Hurricane Research Center and the Extreme Events Institute.

AHC5 is a green building

The complex was designed and built to meet the US Green Building Council’s LEED “Silver” rating level, with the goal to achieve “Gold.” This means AHC5 is going to save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

The new active learning classrooms are getting attention

FIU recently hosted the Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, John Holdren, who toured the new active learning classrooms in AHC5, as part of a showcase of FIU’s commitment to improve access and quality of education in STEM degrees.

AHC5 is a key component of the master plan for the Academic Health Center

This 121,400-square-foot office/laboratory/classroom complex with flexible research labs, state-of-the-art active learning classrooms, interdisciplinary faculty offices, graduate student student and research areas, multipurpose conference rooms and faculty/student gathering spaces that promote collaborative work, represents FIU’s commitment to advancing in the areas of public health, social work and nutrition.

Key features by floor

In the first floor of the Academic Health Center 5 we have the RSCPHSW Office of Student & Alumni Affairs, facilities for the Center for Children and Families, including a Behavioral Health module, and the Food Science & Nutrition labs, with 14 state of the art kitchen areas for dietetics and nutrition students.

  • The kitchens are made to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • State of the art security features include interconnected equipment that can be shut off in case of emergencies
  • Area is modeled after kitchen in a group home care setting

The second floor has:

  • Offices for the International Hurricane Research Center and Extreme Events Institute.
  • At the IHRC the university’s storm surge modeling technology is helping NOAA upgrade their own forecasting capacity.
  • 3 active learning classrooms, which total 2,500 square feet of active learning teaching space

In the third floor, the Department of Earth & Environment and the RSCPHSW Departments of Dietetics & Nutrition and Environmental & Occupational Health have office space.

  • The conference room, room 300, has videoconferencing capabilities and a direct connection to the Florida Department of Health for high speed collaboration and information dissemination.

General features:

  • Consistent design features, with blue signaling elevators, gray signaling storage areas
  • Flexible Research Labs
  • Graduate student study and research areas
  • Multipurpose conference rooms
  • Self-shading solar protection
  • Maximum daylighting for lower lighting costs and increased energy efficiency
  • Graywater harvesting, which collects rainwater for use in restrooms
  • Videoconferencing abilities on every floor


Check out this slideshow of the construction progress:


Here is a collection of news stories about the building:

Author: William-Jose Velez

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