Norman Hall Rehabilitation & Conference Center Addition
University of Florida,
A TOP PRIORITY for the University of Florida is the rehabilitation of historic Norman Hall. As one of several buildings listed on the National Historic Register, the gothic revival building is a vital historical asset to the campus. Glavé & Holmes is collaborating with the Gainesville, Florida based firm Walker Architects to restore the building exterior, update interior spaces to new academic standards, and improve the functionality of the building and its systems.
The Norman Hall Complex is located at the eastern portion of the campus in Gainesville. The complex includes Norman Hall (1932), Norman Gymnasium (1932) and Norman Hall Addition (1979). Norman Hall was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The historic building, originally christened the P.K. Yonge Laboratory School was designed to house a K-12 school as well as College of Education faculty and students. In 1958, the P.K. Yonge School vacated the space and the building was re-named Norman Hall in honor of James W. Norman, a former Dean of the College of Education. The building then became home solely to the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Education.
As one of the top rated Colleges of Education in the nation, the University of Florida sought to have facility upgrades to align with their programs. Public spaces are being restored and upgraded to capitalize on the original ceiling heights and to incorporate new informal student collaboration spaces. A key decision has been to return many of the original K-12 classrooms spaces that had been subdivided into offices back to their original classroom functions. This decision consolidates classrooms in common locations, improving wayfinding, and has allowed for significant upgrades in technology for the academic spaces. Design work also includes an expansion to the existing structure to provide a new conference and meeting space, and the addition of a satellite food service site to the facility. The overall goal of these renovations and additions is to preserve the historic character of the building while bringing it into the 21st century. The design team hopes to create a home suitable for preparing future educators and educational leaders.