The renovation and expansion of the Reitz Union on the University of Florida campus has begun. After eight months in the design phase, construction started June 3.
The South Terrace will be closed off for the duration of the renovations, and a temporary sidewalk will be installed on the North Lawn detouring students from the construction.
Students have a lot to look forward to when the construction is completed. According to the University of Florida’s makeitreitz.com, 100,000 square feet will be added to the building, and 50,000 square feet of the existing building will be renovated. New additions to the building include offices, study spaces, dance studios, and a new Orange & Brew.
The new building will be in the shape of a gator.
Creating a building to better serve the community is not the only reason for these renovations. The removal of Asbestos which is linked to serious diseases is also a motivating factor in the changes taking place on campus. Asbestos has reportedly been found in some building materials. UF said the workers have the problem under control, according to the SJI report, and are continuing to remove the mineral fibers as renovations take place on campus.
The Reitz Union will not be closing during this process, although completion is not estimated until October 2015.