The Newell Hall addition and restoration transforms the third oldest building on the University of Florida campus into a vibrant collection of learning commons and team rooms organized around an open stair. With an open floor plan and a medley of zones on each floor, the project offers versatile spaces that cater to the modern student needs, including collaborative work, focused studying, and rejuvenation.
The egress stairs are adorned with colorful graphics and wayfinding to celebrate the tenure, longevity and storied history of the building. The primary open stair connects floor 3 and 4 and offers bonding capability to study and collaborate along the way. Each floor of the renovation offers ‘first come, first serve’ environments dedicated to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Newell Learning Commons breathes a new modern story into the omnipresent legacy of one of UF’s most beloved structures.
- 2018 Merit Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation & Restoration – AIA Florida/Caribbean
- 2018 Award of Merit – Architectural Showcase; University Category, Florida Education Facility Planners Association
- 2018 Meritorious Achievement Award for Green Buildings – Florida Trust for Historic Preservation