Press Release for Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ground Breaks on New UNF College of Education and Human Services Building

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida broke ground today on a new College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) Building, the fourth major campus construction project underway.

The University is also currently building a new Student Union, a 1,000-bed residence hall and an addition to the Brooks College of Health.

“The COEHS building will be a stunning addition to the UNF campus. This new facility will provide the support space needed for the University to prepare tomorrow’s leaders and educators,” said UNF President John A. Delaney.

The three-story structure will comprise 98,000 square feet and will cost approximately $27 million to construct. The new building will house classrooms, teaching labs, faculty offices, auditoriums, meeting space and student services.

The new building will enable COEHS faculty, staff and programs to be together under one roof for the first time in years.

“Being together under one roof will greatly facilitate our ability to work together collaboratively for the good of our students,” said Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “The facility will allow us room to grow and expand our outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs, serving us for many years to come.”

Every year, the COEHS hands out an average of 350 bachelor’s degrees, 200 master’s degrees and 12 doctorate degrees. The College offers 13 bachelor degree programs with 18 concentrations, five master degree programs with 18 concentrations and a doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Among the many innovative features of the new education building are specially-designed rooms for teaching methods classrooms and a model technology classroom for preparing educators to work with technology in schools as well as an American Sign Language lab and a large multi-purpose classroom. The design of the facility will also capitalize on Florida’s abundance of sunlight. With an influx of natural light, the building will exude an open and illuminated ambiance.

Private donations are being raised to eventually construct an annex to the COEHS building that will house a 6,000-square-foot Disability Resource Center to meet the needs of the increasing number of students with disabilities graduating from UNF.

The COEHS building will follow the Osprey Fountains residence hall, Student Union, Brooks College of Health addition and the Social Sciences Building as the next “green” building on campus, meaning it will use energy-saving measures, recycled materials and natural light to improve the work environment. The Social Sciences Building opened in the fall of 2006 and is the first LEED-certified facility in Jacksonville and the first “green" building on campus.

Baker Barrios Architects in Orlando designed the COEHS Building and Ajax Building Corporation is the construction management firm for the project. The facility is expected to be complete sometime in spring 2009.