UNF From the Ground Up

Founders Hall (Building 2)

October 2, 1972 Opening of Building 2 (Library)
September 28, 1989

Dedication of Building 2 (as Founders Hall)
Dedication program

Replica of dedication plaque
Dedication speech: Introductory remarks
Dedication speech: Introduction of Dr. Adam Herbert



Since its opening in 1972 as one of the four original buildings on campus, Building 2 has gone through a series of transitions. Its original structure, at 30,000 sq. ft., first served as the University Library from 1972-1980, and in the first few years housed the university bookstore as well. A 30,000 sq. ft. addition, completed in 1974, doubled the building capacity which served as the only library space on campus until 1980. When the bookstore moved into the newly completed Building 8, the space formerly occupied by the bookstore was remodeled and converted into the University's first Art Gallery. In addition to its primary purpose, serving as exhibition space for campus artists - students and faculty - it accommodated the works of visiting artists and traveling exhibitions, and was often used for receptions for local events and visiting dignitaries.

In 1978, construction began on a new library, the current building 12, situated across from building 2. This substantially larger (120,000 sq. ft.) and updated library facility officially opened on October 1, 1980, and was named the Thomas G. Carpenter Library in 1981 after the University's first President. Its expansion was completed and occupied in 2005, bringing the total available capacity to 199,000 sq. ft. of library space.

Beginning with the presidency of President Adam Herbert in 1989, several buildings, carrying only a number until then, were named. On September 28, 1989, Building 2 was dedicated as Founders Hall to honor the charter faculty, staff and students on board at the University on opening day, October 2, 1972. A full listing of these individuals is included in the dedication program for this event. Three UNF Presidents - Thomas G. Carpenter, Adam Herbert, and Curtis McCray - were present and spoke at the ceremony. The dedications of Osprey Hall and Founders Hall were part of a number of events celebrating the two-day inauguration ceremonies of President Adam Herbert.

Through the years, Building 2 was renovated and converted into much needed classrooms and campus offices, variously holding the Departments of Music and Sociology, and support services such as the Career Development and Academic Resource Centers, Center for Multi-Cultural Affairs, and the Disabled Services Program. Enrollment Services and Admissions offices are currently located on the building's first floor, and some Student Affairs offices and classrooms on the second. A somewhat enlarged University Gallery remains in its original location on the first floor.

In 2007, plans for a major renovation of Founders Hall were announced. Several departments and divisions were relocated to a different building while extensive HVAC, electrical and life safety systems were upgraded. The renovated building project was completed in 2010, and Founders Hall is now occupied by several administrative units, with several classrooms on each floor.


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