UWF Business Enterprises, Inc., Created to Support UWF
UWF and universities across Florida are growing, state funding for higher education has significantly declined. In fact, state funding has declined by more than 30% since 2007. Higher tuition has made up for part of the shortfall, but students cannot be expected to keep pace with this trend. Alternative sources of income have become necessary. UWF Business Enterprises, Inc. was created to help the university ease the economic strain and continue to grow and fulfill its mission into the future.
UWF Plans for the Future
University of West Florida President, Judy Bense is committed to enhancing student life and the traditional collegiate experience for students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community.
By fall 2015, the university projects an enrollment of 14,000 students, with 30 percent living on campus. In the next 20 to 30 years, UWF would like to add facilities to house classrooms and academic space, residence halls, and retail space; a new student union, an events center, parking garages, restaurants, a hotel/conference center and eventually, a football stadium.
University Park & Northwest Village Development moves to RFP phase
UWF Business Enterprises, Inc. has released the names of three development firms selected to submit Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the University Park & Northwest Village Development Project by May 31, 2013. The selected firms are as follows:
- American Campus Communities (Austin, Texas): in partnership with Bullock-Tice Associates (Pensacola, Fla.) and Greenhut Construction Company (Pensacola, Fla.), as well as Niles Bolton (Atlanta, Ga.).
- Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions (Newtown Square, Pa.): in partnership with Caldwell & Associates (Pensacola, Fla.) and Provident (Baton Rouge, La.).
- KUD International (New York City, Ny.): in partnership with Jehle-Halstead (Pensacola, Fla.), as well as EMO (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Haskell (Jacksonville, Fla.), among others.
Developers and development teams previously submitted their level of experience and qualifications to UWF BEI by February 2013, as part of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) phase. The RFP phase will be used to select the team that will work with UWF BEI to develop the current Campus Master Plan and provide financial support, along with the viability of the various components of this Master Development project.
BEI takes next step for
East Gate Village development
The UWF Business Enterprises, Inc. Board of Directors and the UWF Board of Trustees have voted to approve the Affiliation Agreement with Vieste, LLC, of Chicago for the development of the UWF's East Gate Village.
The $41 million development will include the UWF Hotel & Conference Center, Student Housing and Restaurants, located on the northwest corner of Campus Drive and U.S. Highway 90 on approximately 18 acres. The groundbreaking of the development is projected for June 2013.
View the site plan for the East Gate Village Development.