HealthcareUF Health Master Site Plan

UF Health : Master Site Plan


The site for UF Health's expansion further establishes the opportunity for identity not only of a Shands medical campus (on both sides of Archer Road), but a medical district, comprised of Shands, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, and the UF Genetics and Cancer Research Center. View 1: Stepped architecture along Archer Road, looking east. The urban experience on Archer Road will be strengthened by a street wall created by phased development of hospital buildings. The wall's opening midway through the block creates a gracious entry to the central open space of the campus. Patient bed towers stepped back from the street level wall will lessen the effect of their mass at street level. Individual bed towers will create a unified aesthetic while establishing unique identities for each tower. View 2: Retail frontage and landmark building at Archer Road, looking south along SW 13th Street. Building heights along SW 13th Street will be lower than along Archer Road, supporting the city's initiative to create a corridor of mixed uses along this street. Buildings ranging from two to four stories will help define and activate the street edge, in part through ground floor uses dedicated to commercial and retail activity. At the intersection of SW 13th Street with Archer Road, landmark architecture marks the corner of the campus. View 3: Central park landscape, looking north from SW 16th Avenue. The site's central park is situated with lower-scaled buildings to the west and south and taller buildings to the north and east This provides optimal sun orientation for the park and for entrances of main buildings. A layering of landscaped views from Archer Road buildings to the park is possible, with the central park perceived as a background canvas from roof gardens and terraces.

Innovating for the future

In healthcare it's not a cliché to say that every second counts. The time it takes for a heart attack victim to get to the emergency room is critical. The time it takes for a surgeon to successfully transplant a new kidney is crucial. The time it takes for a newborn in respiratory distress to get to the NICU is a matter of life or death.

There are also decisions in the life of a hospital, however, that must stretch far beyond the immediate emergencies of day-to-day operations. They must serve the organization's patients and medical personnel, decades into the future.

Working with Shands, Flad responded to both of these scenarios with innovative, thoughtful solutions.

When Shands could not keep up with patient care demands, the need was urgent. Immediately, a new replacement healthcare campus was proposed. Located across the street from the existing hospital, it added capacity quickly.

Simultaneously, Flad examined long-range operational concerns for the organization. A forward-looking master plan to help Shands build and grow strategically in the future was devised. It outlined a multi-phased building program provide 1,200 in-patient beds, outpatient services, parking structures, a central utility plant, and commercial spaces, organized around a central healing garden.

Location: Gainesville, Florida


"This future campus for UF Health will embody the values and aspirations of Shands Health Care and the UF academic medical center - values of excellence, compassion, creativity, collaboration, integrity, accountability and respect for the people they serve and the environment they create for future generations."

 Laura StillmanPrincipalFlad Architects