Basic Science Building Lab Renovation

The scope of this 12,264 square foot project includes a complete HVAC replacement to convert the Ground Floor to 100% Outside Air, complete laboratory renovation with new casework and support spaces, addition of office and administrative spaces, and renovation of accessory spaces. The new lab layout is extremely flexible, open, and inviting. The plan is layered to allow varied collaborative and private spaces, while maximizing lab bench and equipment space. The Ground Floor Renovation is designed as Phase I of a multi-phase renovation. In addition to renovating the ground floor, the design provides planning for future MEPF upgrades to support planned upper floor renovations. This infrastructure includes vertical stacking of plumbing and fire protection, as well as ducts and exhaust fans.

The renovation and expansion of the Reitz Student Union, built in 1967, expanded facilities, services, and programs supporting the University of Florida’s diverse campus community, increased energy efficiency, reduced operational costs, and greatly enhanced comfort and functionality.

Phase 1, the 100,000 sf addition, included entry and food court renovations, meeting rooms, lounges, dance rehearsal studios, a ballroom, and offices and support space for the Center for Leadership and Service, the Department of Student Activities and Involvement, the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, GatorWell Health Promotion Services, and student clubs and organizations.

Phase 2, the 50,000 sf renovation, included new energy-efficient windows and doors, restoration of exterior surfaces and structural components, replacement and upgrades of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, and upgrades to interior finishes and lighting. 

Careful phasing ensured that the Reitz continued to serve UF’s 50,000 students throughout construction.

Project Owner

University of Florida


Gainesville, FL

Completion Date

May 2016

Project Size

12,264 SF




D.E. Scorpio Corporation

Delivery Method

Design Build


MEPF: Moses & Associates


Selected Works

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