Rollins pursues permits for renovation & expansion of central campus bldg

Partial rendering of a renovated Mills Memorial Hall on the Rollins College campus.
Partial rendering of a renovated Mills Memorial Hall on the Rollins College campus. (Rollins College)

Rollins College is pursuing permits for the partial demolition and renovation of Mills Memorial Hall, one of its most prominent buildings on the Winter Park campus.

Located in the south-central portion of the campus north of the Cornell Campus Center, west of Chase Hall and east of Olin Library, the renovation and expansion project is part of Rollins College's strategic planning initiative, and meant to transform Mills Memorial Hall into a more engaging hub for student and faculty.


The City of Winter Park issued a demolition permit for the project on Monday, and the building's new construction plans are now under staff review.

Insight on the prospects of a new Public Private Partnership in early discussions, and how the project cost could grow if the city comes aboard.

Demolition plans call for the replacement of some of the surrounding courtyards and walkways, along with the building's south wing which currently consists of six floors. That wing will be rebuilt with three floors to realign with the height of the north wing, which will undergo its own extensive renovation.

Built in 1951 as Rollins' second library, the Mills Memorial building will be given an extensive redesign of its structure and exterior, with a new segment facing to the south and all utilities in the building being brought up to new code standards.

Rollins also filed a permit request last week with the St. Johns River Water Management District, which calls for a new dry retention pond southwest of the building.

Along with new classrooms, the building will be the home for Rollins' Centers for Leadership and Community Engagement, its International Programs and International Student and Scholar Services, External Affairs and Competitive Scholarships Advisement office, student media outlets, the Student Sustainability Program and the Center for Career and Life Planning.

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The building is also planned to have a film screening room, a podcast recording room and a student lounge with kitchenette.

Construction was originally forecast to start this past July with completion before the Fall 2019 semester. That start month is now delayed by at least a month.

Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor for reconstruction and interior renovation work on the building. EYP Architecture & Engineering has lead design work, Poulos & Bennett is the civil engineer and Carnahan Proctor & Cross the surveyor.

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