Norman Hall Rehabilitation & Conference Center Addition
University of Florida,
A TOP PRIORITY for the University of Florida was 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 and home to faculty, staff, and students of the College of Education. Glavé & Holmes collaborated with Walker Architects to restore the building exterior, update interior spaces to new academic standards, and improve the functionality of the building and its systems.
Public spaces were restored and upgraded to capitalize on the original ceiling heights and to incorporate new informal student collaboration spaces. Many of the original classrooms spaces that had been subdivided into offices were converted back into classrooms. This decision consolidated classrooms in common locations, improving wayfinding, and has allowed for significant upgrades in technology.
Design work also includes an expansion thst provides 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 was to preserve the historic character of the building while bringing it into the 21st century. The design team hopes this space creates a home suitable for preparing future educators and educational leaders.