Design of a 21st Century Active Learning Commons Underway at UF Newell Hall

SchenkelShultz, in association with Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), has been contracted to design the transformation of the University of Florida’s historic Newell Hall into a state-of-the-art 21st century Active Learning Commons. The goal of the renovations is to create a unique environment that promotes innovation, flexibility and accessibility. The design will create spaces on each of the building’s four floors that embody the concepts of collaboration, focus, interaction and rejuvenation. The new learning commons will be an open environment to meet the needs of the students and equipped with flexible furniture to allow for active, technology-rich learning to occur throughout the building.


Newell Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979, will preserve the Collegiate Gothic architectural style of the building, which was built in 1910. The approximately 38,000 square-foot project is scheduled to open in Spring of 2017. SchenkelShultz and RAMSA previously collaborated on the design of the University of Florida’s Heavener Hall, the University’s new undergraduate school of business in 2014.