Flexible Workplace for Fast-Changing Needs

Workplace Redesign for UF Information Technology

In today’s fast-paced world of Information Technology, UF’s needs have intensified and multiplied, and their team has grown in response. Quick expansion of the department led to inefficiently distributed teams and dated and inflexible workspaces. 

Enter Walker Architects to create a state-of-the-art workplace designed not only to support the fast-changing needs of the team and the University, but also to attract and keep top talent in the industry.

The two newly refreshed floors in Gainesville’s Ayers Plaza include flexible workstation areas visually connected to private offices and enclosed meeting and conferencing spaces. Glass walls create connection and share natural light from the building’s limited windows.

We went back to basics and drew inspiration from old-school computer technology. The “8-bit Architecture” design concept found its way into the interiors through a vibrant, pixelated floor pattern. Each floor has a distinct identity defined by the bright, punchy color palette.

Team members and their guests are more comfortable than ever, with welcoming lobbies, soft seating, and open, centralized lounge spaces to gather and relax. A variety of furniture and spatial options ensure that the full range of the staff’s needs can be supported, whether it’s for private reflection, focused work, dynamic collaboration, or social connection.

In today’s fast-paced world of Information Technology, UF’s needs have intensified and multiplied, and their team has grown in response. Quick expansion of the department led to inefficiently distributed teams and dated and inflexible workspaces. 

Enter Walker Architects to create a state-of-the-art workplace designed not only to support the fast-changing needs of the team and the University, but also to attract and keep top talent in the industry.

The two newly refreshed floors in Gainesville’s Ayers Plaza include flexible workstation areas visually connected to private offices and enclosed meeting and conferencing spaces. Glass walls create connection and share natural light from the building’s limited windows.

We went back to basics and drew inspiration from old-school computer technology. The “8-bit Architecture” design concept found its way into the interiors through a vibrant, pixelated floor pattern. Each floor has a distinct identity defined by the bright, punchy color palette.

Team members and their guests are more comfortable than ever, with welcoming lobbies, soft seating, and open, centralized lounge spaces to gather and relax. A variety of furniture and spatial options ensure that the full range of the staff’s needs can be supported, whether it’s for private reflection, focused work, dynamic collaboration, or social connection.

Project Owner

University of Florida Academic Technology

Location

Gainesville, FL

Completion Date

October 2017

Project Size

25,000 SF

Cost

$2.5M

Contractor

Scorpio

Delivery Method

Construction Manager

Partners

Moses Engineering (MEPF)
UF & OEC Business Interiors (Furniture)

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