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UNF Health Complex Makes Top 10 Architecture List

University of North Florida
UNF's wellness complex is a 75,000 square foot, three level complex that cost the school $19 million to construct.

A building on the University of North Florida campus is getting high marks from voters in an American Institute of Architects poll.

UNF’s student-wellness complex is ranked this year’s seventh-best designed in Florida.

The 75,000-square-foot building is the only Jacksonville structure in the top 10, beating out the Duval County Courthouse for the honor.

UNF Associate Recreation Director Jim Baur climbed the stairs to the second floor of UNF’s $19 million wellness complex.

Baur says since this facility replaced the previous gym three years ago, the school has seen a million people walk through its doors.

“We average between 1,600 and 2,200 students in here every day,” Baur said.

Students and staff come here for group fitness classes, to run the track or use the building’s 34-foot rock-climbing wall.

And Baur said the complex is one of the greenest fitness centers in Florida. Its environmental impact is low because of its low-flow faucets, large windows, concrete floors and a reflective roof. 

Ryan Benk is a former WJCT News reporter who joined the station in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.