University of Florida Ben Hill Griffith Stadium RenovationsUniversity Avenue & North South Drive
Gainesville, FL 32604
Design Achievement - The addition and renovation to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – "The Swamp" – at the University of Florida acts as a front door to both the stadium and the campus. Through the use of brick, stone, clay tile roofing, window mullion patterns, and building massing, the addition is respectful of the campus, especially the historic district directly east of the stadium. The expansion greatly improves pedestrian circulation via a new entry plaza and outdoor concourse accommodated by the relocation of North-South Drive, a major campus artery.
Scope Summary - The scope of this project included the renovation of 28 existing suites, the addition of 28 suites, a President's Suite, 2,880 club seats, a Bull Gator Booster Club level, and a press/coaches box level. All levels incorporated various support functions (vertical transportation, general circulation, catering, mechanical/electrical, rest rooms, storage, and custodial) to provide efficient, appropriate function and operation of the facility. The design utilized the structure of the existing suites, along with a portion of the existing press structure, and expanded the size of the west stadium from the north end zone to the south end zone. The existing press box was demolished to accommodate the programmed space with utmost consideration for unobstructed view to the playing field. DLR Group provided architecture and interior design for this project.