LifeSouth Renovation

Originally built in the 1970’s, this building has received multiple additions over the years. This renovation re-purposed the interior space to create a more open and unified floor plan. Spaces include reception area, offices, labs, break area, and a donation area. The work includes finish upgrades, mechanical, electrical, and HVAC upgrades, and restroom accessibility upgrades.

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

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

Location

Gainesville, FL

Completion Date

October 2013

Project Size

6,805 SF

Cost

$2.2M

Contractor

BBI Construction

Delivery Method

Design Build

Partners

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

 Design
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Selected Works

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Career Connections CenterThe Bridge from College to Professional Life

LifeSouth RenovationElevating the Donor Experience

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

IT PRO.tv RenovationA Launchpad for Online Learning

Chi Institute ExpansionModern Facility for Ancient Healing Arts

Basic Science Building Lab RenovationMaking an Old Laboratory New

Austin Cary Conference CenterNature Shapes Design

Facade Renovations for Trimark PropertiesA Distinctive Facade Within the Innovation District

Reitz Union Expansion and RenovationEmphasizing a Sense of Place for Gators

UF Health Family Medicine - Haile PlantationHealthcare as an Integral Neighborhood Element

Phi Mu Sorority HouseReorganized Spaces Provide Maximum Benefit