University Park & Northwest Village
University Park is the south central area of campus, which includes potential facilities such as a new student union, residence hall, football stadium, plaza, bell tower and more. Northwest Village is a proposed 55 + active adult community, to be developed on west campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the University Park & Northwest Village Development Project?
University Park is the south central area of campus, which includes current facilities, such as the UWF Field House, Health & Leisure Building and the Health and Wellness Center. The mixed-use development project concept includes facilities, such as a new student union, additional housing facilities, a football stadium, parking garage, plaza, bell tower and more.
Northwest Village is a proposed 55+ active adult community, to be developed on west campus, north of Greenbrier Road. The purpose of Northwest Village is to provide living options for lifelong learners, those actively interested in community involvement, as well as retired faculty and others with university affiliations.
The comprehensive project scope will be determined by the Master Developer and UWF BEI, as well as additional external agencies and constituencies as appropriate
Who was selected by UWF BEI as the Master Developer?
Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions was recommended by UWF BEI and approved by President Judy Bense as the Master Developer. The UWF BEI Evaluation Committee followed a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) process before recommending Balfour Beatty as the team that will work with UWF BEI as the private sector business partner to develop the Campus Master Plan and recommend refinement to the Master Plan, provide financing, design, construction, and other various components of this Master Development Project.
Local firms on the development team include: Baskerville Donovan Engineering, civil engineers; Caldwell and Associates, architects; and the Morette Company, construction. Provident Resources Group of Baton Rouge, La. is also a member of the team.
What is the anticipated timeline of the University Park and Northwest Village Development Project?
The development will be multi-phased over a ten-year period. The projects within University Park and Northwest Village will be prioritized to best meet the needs of UWF’s growing campus.
Is campus growth going to affect small class sizes?
UWF prides itself on one-on-one interaction of dedicated faculty members and students, and is committed to growing responsibly, while maintaining the low faculty-to-student ratio. Above all, UWF will keep the core academic mission that is the heart of the institution at the forefront of all endeavors to ensure that exceptional teaching and research remain the university’s top priorities.
Will tuition be utilized to aid in the project’s development?
No. Student tuition will not and cannot, according to Florida law, be utilized to aid in the project’s development.
ABOUT UNIVERSITY PARK
Which potential and current campus facilities are included in University Park?
University Park is within the south central area of campus, which includes current facilities such as the UWF Field House, Health & Leisure Building and the Health and Wellness Center. The project concept includes facilities such as a new student union, additional housing facilities, a football stadium, parking garage, plaza, bell tower and more.
What will happen to current facilities located in this area?
In order to fully develop the potential facilities highlighted in the Campus Master Plan 2011-2021 University Park area, the university will relocate the current tennis courts and intramural fields to other areas of campus in phases, based on available funding.
How will University Park benefit current and future students as well as alumni?
The development of University Park will enhance the campus experience for current and future UWF students. It will also provide new opportunities to engage UWF alumni and the local community. University Park, in no way, will take away from degree attainment, which is always the university’s top priority. However, as an institution, UWF must continue to grow in order to meet the needs of the communities the university serves.
As the university’s growth continues, benefits that can be offered to students, faculty, staff and alumni will be enhanced, and as the institution becomes more widely known and the alumni base increases, the value of a UWF degree increases. This, in turn, results in expanded networking and job opportunities for UWF graduates now and in the future.
ABOUT NORTHWEST VILLAGE
What is Northwest Village?
Northwest Village is a proposed 55+ active adult community, to be developed on west campus, north of Greenbrier Road. Active adult communities are typically age-based and offer facilities, events and activities for residents.
Why is UWF interested in developing an active adult community?
For several years, universities throughout the nation have worked with private developers to build active adult communities on or near campuses. These communities can be an attractive alternative for lifelong learners, those actively interested in community involvement, as well as those with university affiliations. Residents enjoy the intellectual and social stimuli of a college campus, and the university has the potential to profit both financially and culturally.
Describe the ideal resident for Northwest Village.
Ideal residents for Northwest Village are retired faculty and staff members from universities throughout the nation, who are interested in relocating to the Pensacola area. Naturally, retired UWF faculty and staff are a great fit for Northwest Village. In addition, those who are considered lifelong learners or who have an affiliation with the university are also ideal residents for this community.
How will the Edward Ball Nature Trail and biking trails be affected by the development of west campus?
The university recognizes the Edward Ball Nature Trail as a major component of the university’s culture. The trails will be adjusted as necessary and integrated within the development. The university is committed to keeping these valuable assets available to our students, faculty, staff and the community.