Chi Institute Expansion

This new building of approximately 15,000 square feet constructed of a pre-engineered metal building that is divided into 3 sections by two 2-hour rated firewalls. The exterior envelope is comprised of cold formed metal channels with Densglass sheathing and a combination of brick veneer and painted stucco finish, as well as aluminum storefront glazing systems and a Nanawall assembly that allows the entire middle section of the building to be opened completely to the outdoors. The roofing system is a combination of standing seam metal and a fibertite single-ply membrane system. New spaces include a 3,000 square foot tiered classroom, multi-functional library and museum space, clinic and lab space for 100 students, catering kitchen, and a deck.

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

Chi Institute of Chinese Veterinary Medicine


Reddick, FL

Completion Date

February 2015

Project Size

15,180 SF




D.E. Scorpio Corporation

Delivery Method

Hard Bid


MEPF and Structural: McVeigh & Mangum; Civil: Mastroserio Engineering

Leed Certification




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