Walker Architects provided master planning for the Exactech campus in Gainesville focused on optimizing the interaction between staff departments and workflows.
The project was initially conceived as a stand-alone building adjacent to the existing facility. During a detailed discovery process, Walker Architects conducted workshops and interviews with each department and created a master plan illustrating five, ten, and fifteen-year time milestones.
The WA team offered several scenarios during the master planning process that let the architecture support and encourage a company culture focused on innovation and communication. The result was a comprehensive revisioning of the project to be an addition integrated into the existing facility that reflects their mission of “Patient Focused, Surgeon Driven”.
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.
Structural Engineers Group (Structural)
Affiliated Engineers (MEPF)
EDA engineers-surveyors-planners (Civil)
OEC Business Interiors/Steelcase (Furniture)
Reitz Union Expansion and RenovationEmphasizing a Sense of Place for Gators
Career Connections CenterThe Bridge from College to Professional Life
Clinical Techniques & Skills Assessment LabDelivering a Premier Clinical Simulation Lab
St Augustine Government House RehabilitationFirst LEED Certified Historic Building in Florida
Exactech Parking GarageWelcome to Exactech
UF Graduate and Professional Student LoungesFocused Recreation
Oak Hall School Media CenterCreating a Place of Wonder for Young Readers
Austin Cary Conference CenterNature Shapes Design
Shands Facilities Administration BuildingOpen Plan Design Promotes Collaboration
LifeSouth RenovationElevating the Donor Experience
Chi Institute ExpansionModern Facility for Ancient Healing Arts
Basic Science Building Lab RenovationMaking an Old Laboratory New
Facade Renovations for Trimark PropertiesA Distinctive Facade Within the Innovation District
University of Miami Life SciencesNanotechnology Researchers Gain a Highly Specialized Lab
Legal Advocacy CenterReal World Facility for Law Students
Indoor Tennis Practice FacilityNow Any Weather is Tennis Weather
Florida FFA HeadquartersFormer Daycare Re-purposed as Space for Emerging Leaders
Taylor ResidenceCustom Residence
Phi Mu Sorority HouseReorganized Spaces Provide Maximum Benefit
UF Health Family Medicine - Haile PlantationHealthcare as an Integral Neighborhood Element
IT PRO.tv RenovationA Launchpad for Online Learning
Exactech Expansion and RenovationWelcome to Exactech