Reitz Union Expansion and Renovation

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. Walker Architects, in partnership with CannonDesign, provided 20% of design services and 80% of construction administration services.

 

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

Location

Gainesville, FL

Completion Date

January 2016

Project Size

207,498 SF (89,250 sf renovation,
118,248 sf addition)

Cost

$70M

Contractor

Skanska

Delivery Method

Construction Management

Partners

Architectural: CannonDesign; MEPF: KJWW Engineering (now IMEG Corp.); Structural: Structural Engineers Group; Civil: Causseaux, Hewett, & Walpole; Commissioning: Affiliated Engineers SE

LEED Certification

Gold

Awards

ENR Southeast: Best Higher Education / Research Project

Design
  COMMUNITY 
pLaces

Careful phasing ensured that the Reitz continued to serve UF’s 50,000 students throughout construction.

Design
 PURPOSEFUL
Spaces

Phase 1, the 118,248 sf addition, includes 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 89,250 sf renovation, includes 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. 

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