UNF Student Wellness Complex


Client: University of North Florida

Location: Jacksonville, FL

Cost: $16,500,000.00

Size: 76,500 Gross SF


As the leading firm in the Joint Venture of Borrelli + Partners, Inc./PSA-Dewberry, the firm was selected to develop the long range plan for the University of North Florida’s Student Wellness Complex.

The new facility consists of a total of approximately 76,500 gross square foot of new construction, including a three-court gymnasium, elevated jogging track, indoor climbing and bouldering wall, group exercise studios for spinning and yoga, group cardio space, group strength training, men’s and women’s locker facilities, physical education, recreation, fitness and health promotion departmental offices. The facility also includes educational, social and administrative spaces for students, faculty and staff. The complex is a multi-story building designed to be compatible with the existing campus architecture.

The building’s façade was designed with metal panels and brick with extensive glazing to blend well with the existing campus fabric and allow excellent views of the campus and activity in the building. Large overhangs were designed to protect from sun exposure and rain. Stainless steel sun screens were designed to protect the glazing on the south façade of the building.

Also part of the project was the conceptual development of a main campus pedestrian promenade connecting the new Student Union and the new Student Wellness Complex to remote campus parking. Modifications were made to the existing roadway in front of the new Student Wellness Complex to develop a non-vehicular plaza and two traffic circles between the new Student Wellness Complex and the new Student Union.

The project included the demolition of the existing 9,000 square foot fitness Center to accommodate this new facility. Due to economic constraints, the project was designed and was built in two phases while maintaining a unified appearance and operation throughout its duration on this growing campus.

AIA Florida, 2015. AIA Orlando, 2013. Athletic Business, 2013 & 2014. American School & University, 2013. USGBC North Florida, 2013

Take a look inside here!

Download Spec Sheet