Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Progress for UF East Campus

The University of Florida broke ground for a new data center on its East Campus and marked the progress that has taken place at the site in the past six years.

The 15,000-square-foot building will provide a second site for Enterprise Systems, a unit of UF Information Technology including human resources, finance, portal, student records and eLearning systems. The center will also include a new High Performance Computing Center. A 160-space parking lot is also being added.

The groundbreaking was part of an event celebrating the success of the East Campus. UF President Bernie Machen, Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe and members of the city and county commissions attended the event.

UF’s presence in East Gainesville has helped spur development in the area, and the event highlights UF’s commitment to the community, said Ed Poppell, UF’s vice president for business affairs and economic development.

With growing space constraints on UF’s main campus, the East Campus was established in 2005 and now houses many administrative offices and programs, including Computing and Networking Services, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and UF’s hurricane research facility. More than 400 employees work on the East Campus.

“Historically, East Gainesville has lagged behind much of our community economically,” said Susan Crowley, UF’s assistant vice president for community relations. “UF has the ability to create economic development, and we are committed to focusing efforts on the
east side.”

At the ceremony, UF officials also announced that the East Campus Office Building has received LEED-gold certification for its sustainability features.


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