Student Union at UNF
Completed in 2009, the University of North Floridaís 150,000 square foot Student Union. Situated on a wildlife preserve, UNF offered limited space to build. In order to meet the needs of the school, the building footprint was minimized by stacking the program elements. The architecture of the building, designed by Rink Design Partnership Inc., was divided into two wings to create an open plaza which serves as the center of pedestrian circulation from the north and south sides of campus.
The design allows for future growth and additional outdoor green space. The east wing, used mainly for administrative purposes, houses the Office of the Vice President for Student and International Affairs, Student Government, student organizations, administrative offices, meeting rooms, Community First Credit Union, Outtakes convenience store, and the game room. The west wing houses the Boathouse restaurant, a food court, ballroom, auditorium / theater, entertainment, and the UNF Bookstore. The Student Union also includes an outdoor amphitheater with a permanently covered stage for concerts and performances.
Awards: American Institute of Architects, Jacksonville Chapter, Award of Merit / Unbuilt, 2007 American Institute of Architects, Jacksonville Chapter, Award of Merit, 2010
Certification LEED Gold