The University of North Florida Student Union
Built in 2009 by Rink Design Partnership, Glenn Dasher, AIA; Tom Reynolds, AIA; and Chris Belyea, AIA .
The building contains all Student Government office, Student Senate Chambers, offices of the Department of Student and International Affairs, a food court with five fast-food outlets and a large sit-down restaurant, several student lounges, four ballrooms and numerous meeting rooms of varying capacity. The building is in 2 parts separated by a student Plaza with a sunshade feature which, along with the curvature of the building forms, creates the a most distinctive visual effect. Both buildings are three stories of steel structure with brick and metal cladding. The east building is mostly administrative and houses all Student Government functions, Student & International Affairs Offices, a bank, a coffee and light snack store, the game room, and studios for Osprey Radio and Osprey TV.
The West Building, also three stories, contains a food court with 5 fast-food outlets on the main floor, the Student Book Store (2 stories), a sit-down restaurant and various meeting rooms on the second level, four ballrooms on the fourth level along with numerous student lounges and meeting rooms of various capacity.
The building was designed to be the signature building for student life and activities on campus. The design of the building is contemporary with plenty of glass, metal cladding, several balconies, and a cantilevered balcony for the dining facility. The most dramatic features of building are the student plaza with its free-standing weather shield as well as the curvature of the east building. This building has achieved Gold Rating by the USGBC.
The Student Union has also been honored with the Merit Design Award from AIA Jacksonville in 2010.
Photos by Antony Rieck
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