Updates to UCF Downtown Plan Approved

Sept. 24, 2015

UCF Board of Trustees members today unanimously approved several updates to the university’s plans for developing a campus in downtown Orlando that it would share with Valencia College.

Today’s update for the campus covered one new $60 million academic building with a funding structure split between a state funding request, university resources (non-state resources) and private philanthropy.

UCF Provost and Executive Vice President Dale Whittaker also described renovation plans for the existing UCF Center for Emerging Media, already located downtown, that would convert unused space into classrooms, labs and offices. Existing programs in this building include UCF’s nationally recognized Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy.

Since presenting to the Board of Trustees on the project earlier this year, UCF officials have worked closely with campus and local partners, including Valencia College and the City of Orlando, to refine plans that would create a critical mass of students on Day 1.

This updated mix of academic programs when the campus opens focuses on health technology, community-facing programs and digital media.

The new proposal also includes private development for academic space and housing, alongside UCF-built parking and housing. UCF officials are working with the City of Orlando on dedicated spaces for students, faculty and staff members in an existing adjacent parking garage.

Ultimately, this proposal would bring 7,300 UCF and Valencia students to the downtown campus in its first year, in academic programs that offer new learning opportunities and partnerships, and lay the foundation for future opportunities.

Today’s presentation is available online.

The next step is to provide this updated proposal later this year to the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state’s 12 universities.