A detailed look at the new Florida Gators standalone football complex Image Credit: UAA
Back in September, the announced a $100 million proposal to bring forth significant changes in the Gators’ athletics facilities, including the first standalone football complex in program history.
You can read that announcement and what that means for baseball and softball by clicking here .
On Thursday, the university released a 56-page “Football Operations Project” report providing previously unknown details about the proposed football facility. OnlyGators.com scoured the document to share with you every detail we could about the facility.
1. Cost: The University Athletic Association has planned $59.96 million in funds for the standalone football complex, including $4.7 million for designing, planning and construction management; $46.0 million for construction; $4.48 million for furniture and equipment; $4.77 million for “contingencies;” and $0 for artwork, which was somewhat curious and unexplained.
2. Timeline: Let’s just say this complex will not go up as fast as the indoor practice facility. The total time of completion for the project is listed as 2.6 years. If all goes as planned, construction would begin in December 2017 and be completed by May 2019 with the facility opening in June 2019, presumably before the start of summer workouts.
3. Size: The complex will be a tiered three-story building spanning approximately 130,000 gross square feet. (It was initially projected to be 100,000 square feet.)
4. Location: It will be placed north of the James G. Pressly Stadium and the Percy Beard Track, due west of the Sanders Football Practice Fields. This will force some parts of the track facility to be relocated.
5. Design: While the interior will certainly be modern (see early renderings below), the exterior must match the red brick that unifies buildings across the University of Florida campus. “The use of ‘Gainesville Range’ red brick for the major portion of the exterior finish is required in order to serve as the primary visual element consistently used in unifying all campus facilities. The use of ‘accent’ brick is discouraged. Other unifying architectural treatments should be considered that reflect modern interpretations of the collegiate gothic style as expressed in the character-defining features of existing campus buildings, particularly those buildings within the vicinity of the project.”
6. Three stories, plenty of space: The ground floor of the complex will include the lobby, strength & conditioning complex, players lounge, recruiting lounge, “gator room” (of which there are no details), NFL/football alumni locker room and dining hall/food service area, the latter of which will be open to all student-athletes.
Entry lobby (2,950 sq. ft.): “A sculptural stair will link the floors of facility and will be designed as a signature feature of this facility. An environmental graphics and technological component will also be included in the entry lobby. Both of these items will be designed to reinforce the UF Athletics brand while engaging recruits.”
Strength & conditioning complex (15,000 sq. ft.): “Sized to accommodate the football teams conditioning program. 60 yard sprint lanes […]