The University of Florida has selected Kansas City based architecture and engineering firm HOK design its planned, $60 million stand-alone football facility and dining hall. HOK has designed major professional and college sports venues, including recent projects such as Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta , the renovation of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, and Clemson University’s new football operations facility.
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“We are excited to partner with HOK to design our football operations facility and student-athlete dining hall,” Chip Howard, UF’s executive associate athletics director for internal affairs, told floridagators.com . “The overall knowledge that the team at HOK has of our facilities stood out during the presentation process and their firm is an industry leader in athletic facilities.”
The 130,000 square foot project will serve as the hub for the Florida football program. The three-story building will feature a “locker oasis,” “hologram training environment” and “family balcony” among other features which you can see in the video below. The UAA announced the selection of @HOKSportsRecEnt to design its stand-alone football facility & dining hall! — Gators Football (@GatorsFB) February 22, 2017 “The football operations project is going to have a significant impact on the daily experience of our student-athletes and staff,” Athletic Director Scott Stricklin told the school’s website. “This facility represents a substantial commitment on behalf of Florida Athletics and Gator Boosters to ensure Gator coaches, players and staff are able to perform as efficiently as possible, while the new dining hall will benefit all 500-plus Florida student-athletes.”
Florida hopes to break ground on the building late this year with a tentative completion date set for the Summer of 2019.