University of Central Florida’s board of trustees moves forward on $38M project

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The University of Central Florida’s (UCF) board of trustees has approved a $38 million project that includes the construction of a new building and the demolition of an existing one.

According to Orlando Business Journal, UCF will seek contractor bids in about nine months for a new 136,000 sq. ft. building with faculty offices, classrooms, and student support services offices.

“We’re looking to build offices of the future with some private and some with collaborative space,” Lee Kernek, associate vice-president for administration and finance, had said previously.

The new facility will be built on empty land adjacent the existing Colbourn Hall that houses faculty offices and academic programs of the main campus in east Orlando.

SchenkelShultz is the architect of the project, which is expected to be complete by August 2018. The new building will be called Trevor Colbourn Hall.

A cost analysis found the necessary renovations were too expensive, so UCF leaders shifted the design for Trevor Colbourn Hall from a 75,000 sq. ft. building to one with 136,000 sq. ft. to make up for losing Colbourn Hall.

The State University System of Florida Board of Governors will review the plans, and Kernek expects final approval this fall.

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