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St Augustine Government House Rehabilitation

The goal of this project was to provide the State of Florida a world-class interpretive museum in St. Augustine, while accomplishing significant building restoration. Working with a historic preservation specialist, Walker Architects completed construction documents for the Phase I renovation of 3,473 GSF of museum space and 3,332 GSF of associated lobby, toilet and circulation space. The design included fixed casework, moveable casework, energy-efficient LED and fluorescent lighting systems with zoned controls, interior finishes, new HVAC and improved air distribution systems, Building Automation System, security, fire suppression, AV, storage, and reception, keeping with the historic character of the existing Government House building. Phase I renovations achieved LEED Silver certification – the first LEED certification of a historic building in Florida. Phase II of the renovations added an elevator and ADA lift, second floor conference room and research library, and fire sprinkler piping in the attic. Phase III of the project included renovation of office and storage spaces supporting the museum; the rehabilitation of the historic freight elevator; and necessary upgrades in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems.

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


St. Augustine, FL

Completion Date

August 2016

Project Size

6,805 SF




Charles Perry Partners

Delivery Method

Construction Management


MEPF: Moses & Associates; Structural: Structural Engineers Group

LEED Certification



Florida Trust for Historic Preservation: Florida Preservation Award 2017


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