Shands Facilities Administration Building

This new 15,000 square foot pre-engineered metal building houses multiple departments within UF Health Facilities Development. The open plan design with a mezzanine level fosters interaction among staff and provides “landing areas” for staff to make calls and check email. Other innovative concepts include collaborative spaces distributed throughout the upper and lower areas to accommodate groups of various sizes and required
privacy levels without sacrificing the open environment.

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

UF Health Shands


Gainesville, FL

Completion Date

June 2013

Project Size

15,000 SF




Ajax Building Corporation

Delivery Method

Construction Management


MEPF: Affiliated Engineers SE; Structural: Structural Engineers Group; Civil: Causseaux, Hewett, & Walpole


AIA Gainesville Chapter: Merit Award for Design Excellence


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