Some of the first issues the college must face are obtaining the required approval from two historic preservation review committees (the state’s and UF’s) and some whopping logistical challenges, such as temporarily moving classrooms and offices to other location during construction.
Norman Hall, originally built to house the college’s P.K. Yonge K-12 Laboratory School (which it did until 1958), was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and any repairs or construction on historic properties must be approved so any harm to them can be avoided or minimized.
The project’s first major phase—emptying and vacating classrooms, labs and offices in the newer (1979) Norman Hall Annex wing and relocating to other space elsewhere in the original Norman or on the UF campus—is tentatively scheduled to start in December. Then, in May 2018, Old Norman occupants will undergo a similar move into temporary quarters during its makeover.