University of Florida - Heavener Football Complex

Gainesville, FL

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Architecture Overview:

The University of Florida has a new eco-friendly, highly sustainable, athletic-focused, Gator recruiting magnet. The design includes the Gator Room, expansion of the strength & conditioning room - doubling its original size, creation of an impressive entry, hall of fame & lobby area leading to football offices which will greet recruits, parents and donors. Additional WOW factor comes with the complex's energy-saving features, which exceed state and national standards by 35%. Contributing to the energy savings are efficient lighting, light-colored roofing and concrete pavement on the plaza; low flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets, regional materials, low-e glazing, recycling of 75% of construction waste and a green roof with palm trees. Additionally, 100% of the building's irrigation is reclaimed water.

Graphic Design & Multimedia Overview:

RDG Multimedia designed hall of fame plaques with photos and biographies that were placed on an exterior wall near the building's main Hall of Fame entry. This allows for some of the University of Florida's best athletes throughout history to be on display at all times. RDG also created interior donor signage at room entrances and exterior granite pavers in the plaza, proudly highlighting the many generous contributors to the building.

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Landscape Architecture Overview:

As part of the larger Heavener Football Complex, the site development for the Heavener Football Complex at the University of Florida is part of the first Collegiate Athletic facility to receive a LEED Platinum rating. Balancing sustainable principles with high quality materials and a need to accommodate thousands of fans on any given Saturday. The extensive hardscape were necessary to accommodate these fans, with well placed landscape planters, including a three tiered green roof planter adjacent to Gate 18 of the stadium, provide a balance affording the site to function on game day as well as the rest of the year. The inclusion of the iconic "Bull Gator" gave the University a postcard moment, quickly becoming the most photographed place on the entire University of Florida's campus.

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