University of Florida Malachowsky Hall for Data Science & Information Technology
Advances in computing, communication, and cyber technologies are providing for unprecedented opportunities to impact society using data. In the future, physicians will routinely assemble an individual’s complex genetic code, lifestyle, medical history and current vitals, compare this to thousands of other similar subjects, and prescribe personalized healthcare that provides superior health outcomes. Cyber-connected autonomous vehicles will routinely deliver purchases and people. Computers will use artificial intelligence to design and test new machines with limited human input. This tsunami of data science technology will impact nearly every area of our economy and lifestyle going forward. Those who recognize and learn to leverage this capability will have a significant advantage not only in the high tech business of computation and communication, but in healthcare, engineering design, retail, scientific discovery, and a multitude of other fields where the effective leveraging to this data explosion will prove to be vital in global competition. The University of Florida Malachowsky Hall Data Science and Information Technology building will be an interdisciplinary hub focused on the development and application of computing, communication, and cyber technologies to a broad spectrum of areas including healthcare, pharmacology, security, technology development, and fundamental science. The co-location of research and educational activities from the colleges of engineering, medicine, pharmacy, and the informatics institute will facilitate the cross-disciplinary data science solutions to a vast array of challenges and opportunities. The UF Data Science Information Technology (DSIT) Center will consist of two co-located, semiautonomous interconnected building wings.
This seven-story, 263,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building will be constructed in the heart of the University of Florida Main Campus. It will house faculty and researchers from the College of Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Engineering, and the Informatics Institute. The project will include over thirty purpose-built laboratories, office space and auditorium space as well as common areas, food service and loading dock area. Construction began in December 2020, but early Design Assist work for the panelized metal façade system began in August 2020. The project is “fast tracked” consisting of four total GMP phases: one for design assist, one for early site work, one for structural and one for the balance of all work.
The building will boast a concrete framed structure with a foundation consisting of over 400 auger cast piles approximately 50’ deep. The exterior envelope will include a curtainwall system but mainly consist of custom designed pre-manufactured metal panel units with integrated trapezoidal windows including electrochromic glass (a.k.a. smart glass that is electronically tintable). The interior will include high end finishes including terrazzo flooring, intricate millwork, and glass handrails. The construction cost is approximately $115 million and the planned opening is slated for Summer 2023.