Robert A.M. Stern Architects' Newell Hall
at the University of Florida has been certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Located on a site at the center of campus, Newell Hall is the third oldest building at the University of Florida and had been vacant since 2012. In response to a request from the University of Florida's student government to provide collaborative, flexible study spaces with food service, tech, and areas for social gatherings, we transformed Newell Hall into a vibrant collection of light-filled learning commons and team rooms arranged around an open stair. Extending the usefulness of existing structures for new purposes is inherently sustainable. In addition, the building follows best practices for sustainable design including managed construction waste; energy-efficient lighting, plumbing, and HVAC; and indoor pollution controls. Elements from a 1944 renovation compatible with the University of Florida Campus Historic District, including shed dormers and enlarged windows, were preserved to present a record of the evolution of the building's architectural character. The original structure is linked through a glassy connector to an office and service annex, which offers a one-story café that opens to a pergola-shaded terrace and courtyard supporting dining, recreation, and outdoor collaborative learning. The reimagined building opened in April 2017.
Newell Hall is RAMSA's second project at the University of Florida, following on the completion of Heavener Hall
in 2014. RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern
, Graham S. Wyatt
and Melissa DelVecchio
led the design effort. Schenkel Shultz Architecture served as Associate Architect. For more information, please click here