UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Headquarters
The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County is a partnership between the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences. It benefits county residents and their quality of life by providing agricultural, human and natural resource based knowledge/research so citizens can make their own informed decisions. Several different types of classes, events and demonstrations will be offered in the new auditorium to the county. This project will consist of approximately 25,000 SF of new construction and approx. 58,000 SF of renovation. This facility will be able house a handful of UF/IFAS faculty and county support staff. The auditorium, which can seat up to 400 people, can also be divided into three (3) separate meeting rooms, and will also contain a teaching kitchen. The sitework and utility work on the existing 37 acre site and new adjacent five acre site will include construction of new storm-water ponds, landscaping, new pole-barn structures over existing wash-down areas with related new underground utilities and relocation of PEMB. While work on the five-acre site will include clear, grub, grading, and construction of new storm-water ponds as well as the building pads for the new 13,723 SF Auditorium and 7,379 SF UF/IFAS buildings. The work will also include a new roadway between two sites that connects to the residential area.
Construction activities on the 37-acre site came to a close in preparation for the Alachua County Youth Fair being held on March 4th at this facility. Meanwhile, activities on the 5-acre site pertaining to the construction of the new IFAS Office and Auditorium are continuing. Click HEREGo to https://www.wcjb.com/video/2021/03/07/county-officials-cut-ribbon-acre-alachua-county-fairgrounds-newberry/ for video of the Ribbon Cutting.