Law School Announces Facilities Expansion, Proposed Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center
College of Law officials announced plans last week (June 20) for a $25 million expansion, including a major addition to the school’s law library, with construction to begin in 2002. It is proposed that the resulting 85,300 net square-foot library facility be named the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center. Chiles, the deceased former Florida governor and U.S. senator, earned his UF law degree in 1955. “Expansion and renovation of our facilities is one of the major remaining factors in achieving excellence throughout our academic program and in striving to become one of the nation’s top 10 public law schools,” said Dean Jon Mills. “We are the 11th largest law school in the country, but our library currently ranks 78th in square footage and our last academic building expansion was in 1984.” Mills said the three-part construction project, in addition to the library expansion, will include a 50,000 square-foot student/faculty academic center and renovations to the existing Holland Law Center. The center is a classroom and faculty office building completed in 1969 and named after former Florida governor and U.S. senator Spessard Holland, who earned his UF law degree in 1916. Mills said the expansion would place the center among the top 20 of 182 academic law libraries in the United States in terms of space. The proposed Chiles Legal Information Center would be completed in 2003, and student/faculty academic center and Holland Law Center renovations in 2004.