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ORMC Ocala Heart of Florida Heart Center Renovations

A three-story medical building renovation including interior demolition and remodel of offices, training and exam rooms, and board room.

Alpha Gamma Rho New Fraternity House

The two-story traditional brick house will provide 19,000 square feet of living and communal spaces.

School Board of Alachua County Task Order Contract

The SBAC Task Order Contract provides Scorpio the opportunity to supervise and coordinate the overall construction of a variety of projects.

Scorpio Supports Operation Graduation 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! You are certainly making your mark on history. Thanks to the partnership of Alachua County Public Schools and our local CBS4/NBC9 stations, each Alachua County Public High School will be celebrating graduation with their own televised graduation ceremony. Operation Graduation 2020 has been activated.…

North Florida Regional Medical Center and Scorpio Celebrate New Renovation with Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon-cutting North Florida Regional Medical Center’s newly built 20-bay Pre-Operative unit on the 2nd Floor of the Surgical Tower hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 21, 2020. This is one of the many projects that Team Scorpio has been working on for NFRMC over the past year. We love the…

UF College of Education Returns Home

A New Norman Scorpio has reached a major milestone in the renovation to the UF College of Education’s historic home – Norman Hall. Floors one, two and three have been completely renovated and classes and administration have returned home after relocating approximately 12 months ago. Areas of the building are…

More than 35 years later, the UF Education Library gets a facelift

Aug 22, 2018- 

Alejandra Nunez thinks of herself as a library connoisseur.

The UF psychology sophomore spends her free time hunting for overlooked libraries with plentiful outlets, window seats and an inviting ambiance, she said. Until recently, the UF Education library ranked nearly dead last on her list.

“It was just really outdated,” the 19-year-old said. “It really felt like you were stepping back in time.”

Now, after a $3 million renovation, Nunez said she may reconsider.

After eight months of construction, UF Education Library in Norman Hall reopened Monday. It hadn’t been renovated since it opened in January of 1980 and was beginning to show signs of wear and tear, Rachael Elrod, head of the library, wrote in an email. The new space boasts additional study rooms, a computer lab, more outlets, new furniture, a lactation room and other additions.

Elrod said more students will be able to benefit from the space thanks to the updates.

“I really like that we are able to provide more access to students with disabilities with the ADA restrooms and ADA service desk,” she wrote.

Along with updated carpet, lighting and furniture, a production lab, Makerspace, was also added. Educators can make die cuts — shapes cut out of thin material like paper or cloth they can use to decorate with— and use other resources the library hopes to bring.

Most of the project’s budget was funded by the state. About $60,000 came from the UF Americans with Disabilities Act compliance office, and about $80,000 came from the George A. Smathers Libraries operating expense budget, Frank Javaheri, a project manager for UF Planning, Design and Construction Division, wrote in an email.

Nunez barely recognized the library when she saw photos of the updates on Facebook. She’s looking forward to enjoying the new booths, outlets and other long-overdue improvements, she said.

“It really needed that upgrade, especially because Norman is always left behind,” she said.

Contact Jessica Giles at jgiles@alligator.org and follow her on Twitter at @jessica_giles_

NOTE: Click here for more information on the overall College of Education Renovation and Expansion being performed by Scorpio.