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The rehabilitation of Norman Village is an extensive revisioning of what the College of Education can be. The existing buildings began as the K-12 campus for PK Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida. Additions and modifications over the years have buried some of the most beautiful elements of the old building, making wayfinding a challenge for the new visitor, and cutting off the interior of the building from access to light.
The design team engaged the written program with an eye towards making the most conservative moves that resulted in the biggest impact to the entire faculty. With that charge, many of the historic elements are being rehabilitated to show off the natural features of the building while allowing for more social gathering and study spaces that contribute to an inviting center and new identity for the highly ranked UF College of Education.
The program also includes a new education center, which will be a college-owned space for gathering, teaching, and socializing. Other notable features include a rehabilitation of the original library space to become a new teaching and conference space.
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.
University of Florida College of Education
Affiliated Engineers (MEPF)
Structural Engineers Group (Structural)
CHW Professional Consultants (Civil)
Gale Associates (Commissioning)
Glave & Holmes (Historic Preservation)