Student Union Expansion
KJWW Engineering was hand selected to serve as the design engineer for the 100,000-SF expansion and 50,000-SF renovation to the J. Wayne Reitz Union at the University of Florida. The central hub of the campus, the project entails demolition of the colonnade building and construction of the new addition between two buildings.
The Phase I expansion included offices and support space for student clubs and organizations, offices and program space for the Center for Leadership and Service, the Department of Student Activities and Involvement, the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, and GatorWell Health Promotion Services. The new construction also included a ballroom, lounges, meeting rooms, and dance rehearsal studios.
The upper levels of the building have areas for student collaboration with access to audio/visual equipment. The electrical design included USB charging receptacles to allow students to charge their phones, tablets and laptops. Lighting was designed to allow different collaboration methods to support whiteboard, audio visual or simply laptop. Wireless access points allow easy access to centralized printers so the student collaborators can vet their ideas and print their hardcopy conclusions or reports.
Phase II renovated parts of the existing building, including replacement of all exterior windows and doors with low energy glass and insulated frames, restoration of exterior surfaces and structural components, replacement and updating of major infrastructure systems (electrical, plumbing, and HVAC), and updating of interior finishes and lighting. The design team utilized a chilled beam system coupled with a variable volume air handling unit to reduce duct size and energy consumption associated with HVAC air-side systems to help achieve LEED Platinum, including 17 energy points (EAp2 / EAc1).