The College of Engineering is undertaking a major renovation project in the Engineering II building that will provide desperately needed increased classroom spaces, learning laboratories and technological upgrades and improved gathering areas to the Hall of Flags, the main study area for engineering students. In all, 14,000 square feet of space will be renovated to improve the learning and educational experience for the College's 4,000 students.
Engineering II first opened its doors in 1987. At that time it was a building awash in sunlight from the many windows and a state-of-the-art computing facility. It was the first official home to the new Department of Computer Science & Engineering (formed in 1980), which had previously been housed on the sixth floor of the library. It was renamed Glenn A. Burdick Hall in 2008 in honor of Dean Burdick who secured the funding and guided the construction on Engineering II during his leadership.
Just like in 1987, the building is still home to the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering. It also houses many classrooms, computer labs, and academic and business offices. The Hall of Flags, affectionately called "the fish bowl," by students past and present is the main gathering and studying area for engineering students.
Many educational and technological advances, and experiential learning opportunities have developed over the past 25 years, making many areas of Engineering II obsolete and ineffective to serve the engineering students of the 21st century.
Due to the growth and success of various programs, the College seeks to enhance and upgrade its current space on the first floor of Engineering II, aka Glenn A. Burdick Hall. Through the support and generosity of its alumni, friends and corporate partners, the College seeks donors interested in naming opportunities represented by this $2 million renovation of 14,000 square feet of space. Opportunities exist in the following areas:
- 80-seat Classroom
- The Hall of Flags
- Conference and Seminar Room
- Collaborative Laboratory
- North and West Wings
- North and South Lobbies
The College of Engineering appreciates your consideration of naming a section of the Engineering II building. Through your gift, you would not only be helping to facilitate needed funds to make this renovation project a reality, you will also be creating a lasting legacy for the next generation of engineers who will play a big role in improving quality of life from inventing new products to solving problems that make life on this planet better.
Hall of Flags (click to enlarge rendering)
The Hall of Flags, affectionately known to students as "the fish bowl," has been the hub of engineering student life at USF since 1987. Used for individual and group studying, the area doesn't easily accommodate student laptop use. By removing the central staircase and vending area, and providing counter space along the windows, the Hall of Flags will be able to accommodate more than double the number of students it currently serves.
Classroom (click to enlarge rendering)
The College lacks classrooms that can accommodate large numbers of students, i.e., 75-80. This classroom will also provide easy access for handicapped students.
Collaborative Labs (click to enlarge rendering)
Collaborative research is on the rise within the College of Engineering. Many engineering departments work with other departments within the College as well as other Colleges throughout USF. This space will provide an open research lab space that is easily configured to suit changing projects and collaborations.
Conference and Seminar Room (click to enlarge rendering)
The current area provides meeting space for only 20-25. By adding teleconferencing services and widening the space through the elimination of a hallway, the new area will be able to accommodate 40-50 seminar participants..
Thank you to our donor:
USF Engineering Alumni Society
The spaces impacted by the renovation are flagship spaces and are the most visible in the College. These spaces provide prime exposure to prospective students and parents, visiting faculty and researchers, corporate visitors and prospective supporters. Naming opportunities exist for these premier spaces within the College.
To learn more, please contact:
Associate Director of Development
College of Engineering
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ENB118
Tampa, FL 33620