UF Graduate and Professional Student Lounges

The 1,139 square foot Graduate Student Lounge includes a lounge area with a kitchen, and three new window openings for an airy, naturally lit feeling. Video conferencing capabilities and a full-height wall of markerboard give student groups collaborative study space. Inspired by input from the students themselves, the design projects a professional image with timeless, neutral materials, while remaining fresh and fun using vibrant accent colors and bold patterns.

The 2,350 square foot Professional Student Lounge is largely a recreational space with ping pong, foos ball, and pool tables, as well as a casual lounge area and a kitchen with café seating. Activity types are grouped within the large room to create distinct zones while maintaining a comfortable, open community environment. The zones themselves are reinforced and distinguished by a simple yet strong ceiling feature and floor pattern that features vivid colors in a classically modern design.

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

March 2017

Project Size

3,489 SF




Oelrich Construction

Delivery Method

Construction Management


MEPF Engineering: Moses & Associates


Selected Works

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