Florida is putting the finishing touches on the $25 million renovations to the Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall, which is the office for academic and personal excellence for Gators student-athletes. The center is set to officially open Monday, with former Florida defensive end Kevin Carter emceeing the ceremonies.
The center, which was partially funded with an anonymous $12.5 million donation in honor of athletic booster Otis Hawkins, contains a lounge area and 74 different rooms designated for studying or tutoring, which is a nearly 200% increase from the 24 study rooms available before renovations.
There’s a nutrition wing, which features a Gatorade Fuel Bar and an area for cooking and nutrition demonstrations. There are also counseling and wellness offices and an area dedicated to sports medicine research.
The renovated space may have a positive impact on recruiting. SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi got the scoop on the Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall from Gators defensive tackle commit Jordon Scott.
“I was really impressed with the Hawkins Center,” Scott said. “That’s what separates UF from other schools. Their academics are second to none. If you say you got a degree from UF, people look at you different.”