Press Release for Thursday, May 29, 2014
UNF Wellness Complex Wins Construction-Design Award for Green Building
Media Contact: Jessica Scott, Public Relations
Department of Public Relations
The University of North Florida Wellness
Complex is celebrating gold. The Complex was judged as the Building Design and Construction
Award of Merit by the United States Green Building Council North Florida
Chapter and has achieved a United States Green Building Council Gold rating.
“It’s a pleasure to be able to add to the
string of successful green buildings recently introduced to the campus,” said
Zak Ovaida, UNF campus planning director. “With the landscaping and nature
reserves, this is a nationally-recognized, environmentally-sensitive,
With nearly 27,000 square feet of fitness
space, the facility provides a new home for the recreation, health promotions
and physical education departments. Throughout the three stories of the
facility, the interior architecture enhances the ability of the users to
visually experience programs, while supporting a highly social atmosphere where
students can see and be seen.
The building design complements the Student
Union located across the street, but reflects the different uses and activities
inherent in wellness and recreation. The metal panels and brick harmonize with
the existing campus fabric, while the large expanses of glass showcase the
activities in the building. In response to the Florida climate, a metal
sunscreen was added to the façade and adds a distinctive and eye-catching
element in the design.
With this recognition, the Complex becomes
the third gold-certified building, making it No. 7 in overall LEED
certifications for the natural campus. Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall,
and Building 58, Student Union, are also certified gold, while Building 52,
Parking Services, and Building 55, Osprey Fountains, are certified silver. Building
39A, J.Brooks Brown Hall addition to the Brooks College of Health and Building
51, Social Sciences are LEED certified.
The LEED™ Green Building Rating
System is a voluntary third-party rating system where credits are earned for
satisfying specified green-building criteria. Projects are evaluated within six
environmental categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere,
materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.
Green Building Council is the nation’s leading coalition of corporations,
builders, universities, federal and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations
working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible,
profitable and healthy places to live and work.
university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers
students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to
build their own futures through a well-rounded education.