Construction

This campus provides UCF and Valencia an incredible opportunity to think differently and look at new approaches in the classroom and how we support students.

UCF Downtown Assistant Vice President Mike Kilbride

UCF President Emeritus John Hitt announced the university’s decision to establish a downtown Orlando campus during the UCF Focus Breakfast in September 2014. Since then, the university created the UCF Downtown committees, which spent more than a year exploring everything from student services and educational programs to transportation and facilities. The project was approved by the Florida Board of Governors in 2016, and design and build teams were selected that summer. Construction began in downtown Orlando in Summer 2017. The campus will officially open in Fall 2019, with housing, parking and dedicated transportation to and from UCF’s main campus.


Dr. Phillips Academic Commons


Dr. Phillips Academic Commons features four stories of active learning spaces, including classrooms, the downtown library, study and tutor spaces, a moot court, and academic offices. The building will be a state-of-the-art learning facility that overlooks Creative Village’s central park, a green space for outdoor concerts and events.

Project Team:

  • Architect: Robert AM Stern / SchenkelShultz
  • Contractor: Skanska
  • Project Cost: $66M

UCF Center for Emerging Media


The UCF Center for Emerging Media is home to the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE), Flying Horse Editions, and other academic and innovative programs. When UCF Downtown opens, CEM will continue to be an academic hub for the campus. Prior to fall 2019, CEM will undergo renovations to reflect 21st-century learning environments and will be the new academic home to students, faculty and staff in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media.

Project Team:

  • Architect: Schenkel Schultz Architecture
  • Project Cost: $5.75M

Parking Garage


The 580 space, four-story garage will include license plate recognition technology, security cameras, real-time space counts by floor and electric charging stations. Additionally, the ground floor will house a university store operated by Barnes & Noble, campus services and storage space for campus supplies.

Project Team:

  • Architect: Walker Parking Consulting and C.T. Hsu + Associates Architects
  • Contractor: PCL Construction
  • Project Cost: $14.6M

Student Housing


UnionWest at Creative Village is a privately developed, 15-story building that will have more than 600 beds on the top floors. The lower levels will have retail and academic learning space, including Valencia College’s Walt Disney School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality. A parking garage for housing students and visitors to the campus is also attached to the building.

Project Team:

  • Architect: Baker Barrios Architects and CannonDesign
  • Contractor: Batson-Cook
  • Owner: Ustler Development, Inc. and DEVEN

For more information about the student housing project, visit the Creative Village website.

Visit the UCF Downtown Facilities webpage to learn more about UCF’s construction projects.