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!
LATEST: Excellence Off the Ground NOW!
When the building is complete, it will have 429 tons (858,000 pounds) of rebar – equivalent to the weight of 4 space shuttles!
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:
CLASSROOMS AND TOOLS to facilitate team-based learning, including freshman design labs
Faculty and student COLLISION SPACES to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration
State of the art BIOTECH LAB to engineer solutions to overcome cancer, cardiovascular and muscular system disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases
PROTOTYPING LABS to enhance hands-on learning and help develop big ideas
TELEPRESENCE LAB to build 21st century communication and networking skills
ROI: Within 5 Years
$4 million additional industry funding for research
$10 million in additional multidisciplinary research funding
Increased number of startups
300 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