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Work on the other buildings--located in Hialeah, Kendall, Miamiand Oakland Park--began in August and will be completed in thesummer. The last one, going up at 9300 Belvedere Rd., will bedelivered in November. All buildings are roughly the same size anddesign although the project cost for the individual projects varieddue to site conditions, Moss & Associates vice president ofestimating Michael Thompson tells GlobeSt.com.

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The Royal Palm Beach facility will house the information andadjudications offices and the agency's application support center.It will include a ceremony room for naturalization, wirelessInternet cafe and parking for customers and employees.

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Fort Lauderdale-based Moss & Associates is the generalcontractor for the project. Fort Lauderdale-based Master Buildersof South Florida is the construction manager and the owner's agentis South Florida Federal Partners LLC in Fort Lauderdale. Thearchitect is JMWA Architects of Boca Raton. Jones Lang LaSalle willhandle property management, operations and maintenance of thebuilding for the 10-year term of the lease.

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The building is being constructed for LEED-Silver certification.It will have pre-cast concrete panels and glass, using tilt-paneltechniques. Energy-saving features include perimeter windows withoverhanging sunscreen devices and screening panels to preventexcessive solar gain. Its security features will include setbackswith seating walls, concrete planters and other landscapingelements for enhanced protection.

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Depending upon the level of LEED certification in a building,construction costs for building green are 1.5% to 5% higher,Thompson says. "We're seeing more emphasis on green building,particularly in the public sector with government mandates," hesays. "But some of that is filtering into the private sector withgreen construction becoming a selling point for a building."

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