Plans Unveiled for Solar-Assisted Laboratory

May 1, 2007

CLEARWATER, FL.-- Clearwater-based Klar and Klar Architects has unveiled plans for Surgical Pathology Laboratories' 14,000-square-foot facility, which is expected to be the Tampa Bay-area's largest solar-assisted commercial building.

Located in Pinelas Park at 66th Street North and 84th Avenue North, the $3.5 million facility will feature photovoltaic roof panels that will supply about a third of the building's power, says Steve Klar, AIA, who co-founded and co-owns the firm with Roberta Klar, AIA. Moreover, all water in the building will be solar-heated.

The building will feature Florida-modern architecture with concrete-block construction, a flat roof, and walls of windows. Inside, modern design elements will continue with exposed bar joists and a color palette of white, black, and gray hues.

Surgical Pathology Laboratories, which analyzes biopsy and surgical resection speciments, will occupy about 9,000 square feet of this facility. The remaining office space is available for lease.

Construction should begin early this summer with completion slated in about a year.

Founded in 1990, Klar and Klar Architects has created diverse architectural and interior-design concepts for corporations, home builders, and private individuals throughout the local, regional, and national markets.

The firm has completed a wide range of projects including the elaborately themed Bally's Park Place Casino in Atlantic City, NJ; the Gaylor Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL; medical buildings that include the Columbia Diabetes Educational Cetner in Clearwater; and the Pierce 100, a beachfront residential high-rise in Clearwater.

Klar and Klar also has designed executive and estate residences ranging in size from 2,000 to more than 13,000 square feet of living space, and costing from $200,000 to more than $3.5 million.

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