University of Central Florida, College of Health & Public Affairs

Orlando, Florida

Fast-changing technology, tremendous growth and the desire to locate related disciplines under one roof prompted the construction of the Health & Public Affairs Building at the University of Central Florida. After eight years of planning, the College of Health & Public Affairs has a home of its own in a 94,000-square-foot building that functions in a highly ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$110.17FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio environment. It is home to the College of Criminal Justice/Legal Studies, Health Professions/Physical Therapy, Nursing, Public Administration and Social Work.

“Tradition with a twist,” is the design concept for the new building, which reflects all of the great and hallowed traditions of academia. The setting emphasizes the strength of the university’s outreach to the community and willingness to innovate. Situated between the student union and the university arena, the new building reinforces the concentric master plan radius of the campus. Its brick and precast concrete exterior blends with the fabric of the campus vernacular.

A real “people place” was created in the open three-story atrium with numerous windows for natural lighting and spaces for students to mingle. The building is visually appealing and functional, and should facilitate the efforts of the college to provide “access to excellence.”

Photographer: ©Rich Franco