With the help of a $300 million public-private partnership, UF is transforming the heart of campus into a home and headquarters for the New Engineer. This will be our flagship building: an 84,000 square foot state-of-the-art research and educational environment.

Welcome to the Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence!

Make Your Mark

Location on Campus: Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering ExcellenceSee interior building spaces available for naming, and invest in the future of engineering.

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Excellence Rising

Week by Week

weight iconWhen the building is complete, it will have 429 tons (858,000 pounds) of rebar – equivalent to the weight of 4 space shuttles!
Century Tower icon
The tower crane employed in construction has a total height of 155 feet and 9 inches – approximately the same height as Century Tower!

Investing in People, Places and Programs

Key Building Features:

Learning iconCLASSROOMS AND TOOLS to facilitate team-based learning, including freshman design labs
icon-collisionFaculty and student COLLISION SPACES to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration
icon-biotechState of the art BIOTECH LAB to engineer solutions to overcome cancer, cardiovascular and muscular system disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases
icon-prototypingPROTOTYPING LABS to enhance hands-on learning and help develop big ideas
icon-telepresenceGLOBAL TELECONFERENCING LAB to build 21st century communication and networking skills

ROI: Within 5 Years

icon-research-industry$4 million additional industry funding for research
icon-research-multidisciplinary$10 million in additional multidisciplinary research funding
icon-startupsIncreased number of startups
icon-degrees300 more engineering degrees annually through retention and recruiting


The Wertheim gift catalyzed a powerful public and private fundraising initiative. The college is tremendously grateful to the Florida legislature for investing in engineering education and research, as well as the following private donors:

  • Subroto and Susmita Bagchi
  • Bud and Kim Deffebach
  • Carlos and Olga del Sol
  • Rhonda Holt
  • Gary and Suzy Miller
  • Doug and Jane Miller
  • Dr. Sachio Semmoto
  • W. Kelly Smith
  • David M. Thomas
  • Bill and Lisa Troner