For generations of Gators, the number one most requested student service on campus was additional, state of the art study space. After hearing students voice this concern over a number of years, Student Government began to explore different ways to solve this pervasive issue. After being left abandoned in the heart of campus, Newell Hall was decided on as the destination of a student space unlike any other we have at the University of Florida. With this in mind, student leaders began to look for sources of funding for this exciting campus initiative.

Student Government and External Affairs worked tirelessly for a number of years to keep Newell Hall funding at the forefront of our legislative agenda. After student rallies, letter writing campaigns and dozens of meetings with the Governor and his staff, as well as members of the state house and senate, students were successful in securing $10 million. After an additional $5 million was secured by President Machen, the Newell Hall renovation began to take shape.

With this funding, students have already begun to lead the expansive renovation process. After selecting an architect, engineer and project manager alongside the Division of Student Affairs and Planning, Design & Construction, the Newell Hall team has begun the design process.

Student involvement in this process is important now more than ever. As we begin to decide what this space will transform into, it is imperative students voice their input. Students can email newell@dso.ufl.edu or tweet with the hashtag #ReNewellUF with comments or suggestions. Thank you for your support of University of Florida students and Go Gators!