UF Health Science Building Center Student Dormitory

RS&H provided design services for the renovation of the University of Florida’s 55-year-old Health Science Building Center Student Dormitory, which RS&H originally designed in the 1950s. The new upgrades included energy-efficient features and other sustainable solutions leading to the building being one of the first in northeast Florida to achieve LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors (CI) Certification.

The building, which is part of Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, began remodeling in 2010. Careful planning was conducted to keep other areas of the building operational during construction without interrupting the poison control unit on the third floor or hospital security on the ground floor. The dorm reopened in October 2011 sporting a complete makeover.

Improvements included a new HVAC system that allows for more efficient individually temperature-controlled rooms, as well as occupancy-sensor lights and energy-efficient glazing throughout the building. The bathrooms were also upgraded with new hotel-like finishes using dual flush toilets and low-flow shower heads.

Upgraded finishes were also provided in the new student break rooms, computer study areas, and fitness areas. The finishes have greatly improved the students’ experience and quality of life while completing their residencies.

Project Information

Location:
Jacksonville, Florida

Client:
University of Florida

Awards:
LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors