Legal Advocacy Center

This interior build-out project completes approximately 8,400 GSF of the Legal Advocacy Center at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The Program consists of student gathering space, flexible Mock Court classrooms, offices, and conference rooms. This project incorporatesd an early selection of finish materials to enhance the student experience. In addition to completing the second floor space, the project also corrected several code deficiencies left in the original project.

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

February 2016

Project Size

8,400 SF




The Brentwood Company

Delivery Method

Construction Management


Prime MEPF: Moses & Associates; Structural: Sputo and Lammert Engineering

LEED Certification

Gold Commercial Interiors


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