The Reitz Student Union at the University of Florida was one of five projects awarded a Facility Design Award of Excellence during the Association of College Unions International’s 2017 annual conference in Philadelphia.
Now in its 13th year, the Facility Design Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding renovation and construction project collaborations among architecture firms, college staff and students. Applicants and awards are divided among four categories based on budget for college unions, and one category for other student life facilities. Projects are judged on 11 criteria by a jury of peers in the architecture and higher education industries.
“Our design lens never lost sight of balancing student life and activities,” said Roland Lemke, AIA, LEED AP. “After all, experiences from these years define who students are long after they graduate. This building is more than bricks and mortar; it helps create experiences. The J. Wayne Reitz Union’s legacy is now further reinforced for future student generations to learn and discover in this place—a central campus place, a home for the diverse activities supported within, and the endless opportunities for students and the entire UF community.”
ACUI is the professional home to thousands of campus community builders around the world. Primarily focused on the work of those within the college unions and student activities field, the Association strives to provide an inclusive, welcoming community for all those who choose to belong.