UF picks firm to design stand-alone football facility

A conceptual look at the new UF football facility. [Courtesy of UAA] Florida coach Jim McElwain’s vision of a new stand-alone football facility has moved closer to becoming a reality.

UF on Wednesday announced the selection of global architecture and engineering firm HOK to design its new stand-alone operations building, along with a dining room facility for all of the school’s 500-plus student-athletes.

“This football operations project will have a significant impact on the daily experience of our student-athletes and staff,” UF athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “It represents a substantial commitment on behalf of Florida Athletics and Gator Boosters to ensure that our football coaches, players and staff are able to perform as efficiently as possible. And the new dining hall will benefit all 500 of our student-athletes.”

The new $60 million facility, which will consolidate the program’s football operations, will be located just west of the UF practice field and will be three stories high and 130,000 square feet.

It will include a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center, a players’ lounge adjacent to the team locker room that will feature a nutrition bar, and a recruiting room.

Construction is expected to begin in December, with an expected opening in 2019.

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