2019 Renovation & Construction Showcase: University Commons, University of West Florida


University Commons
University of West Florida
Pensacola, Florida 

Submitted by: Matt Marshall, Commons Director
Campus type: Four-year, public
Full-time enrollment: 13,000
Project broke ground: May 2018
Project completed: September 2018
Total area: 1,100 sq. ft.
Floors: 1
Project cost: $250,000
Funding source: 70% institution, 30% state grant
Architects: DAG – Pensacola, Florida 

Renovated Facilities
Meeting/programming space: 1,100 sq. ft. 

You can call the Nautilus Chamber in the University Commons at the University of West Florida a taste of things to come. Built in 1968 and severely antiquated, West Florida’s University Commons was due for a freshening, and the first stage was a new Nautilus Chamber, the Commons’ large meeting room. 

Seeded with a grant from the state Department of Education that would pay for 30% of the upgrade, the Nautilus project allowed for a full renovation of the meeting space that included new interior finishes, furniture, and technology. The standard setup for the room is for 24 people, but the maximum is 40. The room, named after the university’s logo, a Chambered Nautilus, has an open-air ceiling.  

New features included a laser projector, teleconferencing equipment, LED lighting, and fully integrated audio-visual equipment, and the second-floor location offers as an overlook on the Commons’ Great Hall, which serves as the campus living room. 

“This project is the first of many projects to come that will provide a much-needed facelift to the University Commons and create excitement for the students and staff about facility options on campus,” said Commons Director Matt Marshall.
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