GAINESVILLE, Fla. – More than 200 fall enrollees of the University of Florida Levin College of Law along with 1,000 existing students and 60 faculty will begin using the completed first-phase of the school’s $22+ million construction and expansion project when classes start Tuesday.
Two three-level towers, built on the east side of the law campus toward UF’s Ring Tennis Center and connecting the original Holland Hall Law Center and Bruton-Geer Hall, will be finished and ready for occupancy. The buildings contain 11 classrooms, including one ceremonial classroom seating 175 for conferences, receptions and special sessions.
“These state-of-the-art facilities provide the space we need to accommodate our students with the most up-to-date technologies, including wireless laptops and ‘smart podia,’” said law Dean Robert Jerry. “The enhancement in our students’ educational experiences will be truly stunning.”
Major construction still underway is the doubling in size of the law library, to be known as the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center upon its expected completion in May 2005. When opened, the LIC will be the largest academic law library in the southeast and among the top 20 in terms of size of more than 180 such facilities in the United States.
Until completion of the enlarged LIC, the law library is housed in Butler Plaza in a former Publix building. Operating hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
“Our new classrooms are second to none,” said Associate Dean Patrick Shannon, law school project coordinator. “We owe a great deal to our architects, Ponikvar & Associates of Gainesville; our construction managers PPI; and the hundreds of workers who have built new teaching facilities that will be a showcase for the University.”
The College of Law expansion, begun in summer of 2003, is made possible by private funds raised in 2001-03 through efforts of the Law Center Association and Law Alumni Council and supplemented by State and University funds.
For additional information: College of Law Dean’s Office – 352.392.9238
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