A modern miracle for advocacy center caps transformative decade

Considering the obstacles, you might call it a modern miracle. In the face of dwindling state support and tough times for higher education, the Levin College of Law has rallied its alumni and friends during thepast decade in a $30 million effort to completely transform, enlarge and upgrade its facilities and offer more scholarship and faculty support.

“We’ve had to manage our resources very carefully,” UF Law Dean Robert Jerry said. “But we’ve been able to continue to move forward, thanks to the generosity and foresight of our graduates and their families as well as others who believe in the value of what we do here. This facility wraps up a decade of transformation for our law school, particularly in its physical facilities.”

With its presentation to UF President Bernie Machen on March 30, the college of law formally dedicated its newest building, the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. It also named the Allen and Teri Levin Advocacy Education Suite, which represents the second fl oor of the building. The building was made possible by a $1 million donation from Teri Levin on behalf of her and her late husband and a $2 million donation from Fredric Levin. Fredric G. Levin (JD 61) donated $10 million to the law school in 1999. At the time it was the largest gift ever given to UF.

Trial Team President Tara Tedrow (3L) calls the advocacy center an early step into the profession. “It isn’t often during these three years that we can suspend reality, step out of the role of a student and into the role of an attorney, but facilities like this allow that,” Tedrow said during the dedication ceremony. “And not only have we sat in this building and learned from the best, but most importantly we have learned how to be the best at our craft.”

Monitors, data, phone and Internet connections, and especially the tiered seating give students a clear view of the proceedings.

The sleek 19,500 square-foot building with its dramatic, two-story curved glass foyer has earned the gold LEED rating for its energy effi cient and environmentally friendly design, a tribute to its architects. The rating is based on features such as the use of low-fl ow faucets, waterless urinals, reflective building materials and designs to optimize energy performance.

According to the March 14, 2011, LEED report, 1.5 tons of construction waste water was diverted from landfills during the building’s construction and potable water use has been reduced by 55 percent from fi ttings and fixtures. Energy efficiency measures include high effi ciency glazing, reduced interior lighting power density, occupancy sensors and a district chilled water system. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating System was designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage more environmentally sustainable buildings.