Brooks Scarpa Collaborative Building for UF College of Design Construction and Planning

The project created by Brooks + Scarpa workshop for the new collaborative buildingnamed after Bruno E. and Maritza F. Ramoswill expand the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning by fifty thousand impressive square meters. The construction phase has just started, for a work of 32 million dollars which should be completed and inaugurated in early 2025. The project carried out by the studio, led by architects Lawrence Scarpa and Angela Brooksrewarded in 2022 with the AIA National Gold Medal, was selected from a group of finalists including NADAAA, Michael Maltzan Architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Schenkel Shultz.

Over the years, the Brooks+Scarpa studio has created many innovative and iconic projects, through processes involving different aspects of architectural design, from landscape design to urban planning, including interior design, graphic design and the most advanced technologies, with a research that also extends to the field of materials. The new and innovative Collaborative building will provide the university campus with flexible, reconfigurable and multifunctional spaces in which students, teachers and staff can collaborate formally or informally. The new structure will make it possible to strengthen collaboration between the various disciplines in the field of the built environment and new centers focused on research will be made available to all college establishments. The aim is to promote the exchange of ideas between teachers, students and graduates, to undertake high-impact research and to help address the critical challenges facing contemporary society. The new building will also contain digital modeling and fabrication labs, allowing larger multidisciplinary groups of students to work together on digital models, simulations and 3D prints, in purpose-built structures. Geospatial modeling and simulation facilities and a virtual reality laboratory will also be made available. Finally, new seminar rooms and a new multipurpose room, which can accommodate up to 150-200 people, will complete the project.

(Agnes Bifulco)

Images reproduced with the kind permission of Brooks + Scarpa

Project name: Bruno E. and Maritza F. Ramos collaborative building
Client: University of Florida
Location: Gainesville, Florida – USA
Architects: Brooks + Scarpa

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