Open Plan Design Promotes Collaboration

Shands Facilities Administration Building

When UF Health Shands Facilities was in need of a new administration building, we were presented with a unique challenge to create a space that could accommodate the needs of multiple departments. We set out to design a building that would not only meet these needs, but surpass expectations.

The result is an impressive 15,000 square foot metal structure with an open mezzanine level, seamlessly blending functionality and creativity. Through meticulous planning and strategic design choices, we provided UF Health with a haven for collaboration and growth. The open plan layout offers unparalleled flexibility for the evolving needs of its departments.

Recognizing the importance of interaction and dynamic workflows, we incorporated innovative concepts such as landing areas that enable staff to connect and work efficiently in a more relaxed setting. Integrated collaborative spaces throughout the building strike the perfect balance between privacy and openness. This ensures that teams of all sizes can thrive, sharing ideas and nurturing a culture of collaboration without sacrificing the needs of individuals.

This project exemplifies the concept of putting people first by design. We created conditions for the building’s occupants to do their best work by providing the autonomy they need to thrive and grow, while creating opportunities for teams to collaborate.

When UF Health Shands Facilities was in need of a new administration building, we were presented with a unique challenge to create a space that could accommodate the needs of multiple departments. We set out to design a building that would not only meet these needs, but surpass expectations.

The result is an impressive 15,000 square foot metal structure with an open mezzanine level, seamlessly blending functionality and creativity. Through meticulous planning and strategic design choices, we provided UF Health with a haven for collaboration and growth. The open plan layout offers unparalleled flexibility for the evolving needs of its departments.

Recognizing the importance of interaction and dynamic workflows, we incorporated innovative concepts such as landing areas that enable staff to connect and work efficiently in a more relaxed setting. Integrated collaborative spaces throughout the building strike the perfect balance between privacy and openness. This ensures that teams of all sizes can thrive, sharing ideas and nurturing a culture of collaboration without sacrificing the needs of individuals.

This project exemplifies the concept of putting people first by design. We created conditions for the building’s occupants to do their best work by providing the autonomy they need to thrive and grow, while creating opportunities for teams to collaborate.

Project Owner

UF Health Shands

Location

Gainesville, FL

Completion Date

June 2013

Project Size

15,000 SF

Cost

$2.65M

Contractor

Ajax Building Corporation

Delivery Method

Construction Management

Partners

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

Awards

AIA Gainesville Chapter: Merit Award for Design Excellence

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