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Clinical Techniques & Skills Assessment Lab

The project consists of a 3,200 square foot second and third floor addition to the existing College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital (CVM), constructed of structural steel with brick veneer and metal panels. The second floor space is a Clinical Techniques and Skills Assessment Lab, which is one of the few simulation labs of its kind in the United States. The third floor space houses quality animal research labs in support of the growth of research, specifically in the One Health area.

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

October 2015

Project Size

3,200 SF




Oelrich Construction

Delivery Method

Design Build


MEPF: Affiliated Engineers; Structural: Structural Engineers Group

LEED Certification



Design Build Institute of America: Best Overall in Education, Florida Region


The entire College of Veterinary Medicine was occupied during construction. Classes were taking place in the auditorium on the first floor directly below the construction area. The design team met an aggressive schedule, delivering a full structural package within 3 weeks of an approved concept design to allow the loudest activity (steel erection) to happen over the winter break when the building was least occupied.

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