Baughman Center




About the Baughman Center

The Baughman Center is a stunning, elegant contemplation space in the heart of the University of Florida campus. Designed to bring the picturesque outdoor setting inside, the soaring windows and delicate natural materials echo the serene Florida surroundings. From travertine marble floors to the hardwood paneled ceiling, this is one of the most peaceful, beautiful spots in Gainesville.

The Baughman Center is open for private, contemplation on weekdays. It often hosts private events such as weddings and memorial services. The center consists of two buildings, the 1,500 square-foot pavilion and a 1,000 square-foot administrative building. The pavilion has fixed bench seating accommodating 96 people. The administrative building contains a staff office, a conference/staging room and men and women's restroom facilities.

The architect responsible for the Baughman Center’s design is John Zona. He is also the architect responsible for Mandi’s Chapel, located near Live Oak. In April 2012, the Baughman Center was ranked third on the Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places list published by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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Located in the heart of campus next to the stunning Baughman Center, the Memorial Walkway at Ficke Gardens honors University of Florida employees who have passed away during their service to the university.

With its lush and serene landscaping, the Ficke Gardens is the perfect setting for the Memorial Walkway. With a brick paver inscribed with the name of your loved one, you not only honor their memory in a unique and lasting way, you also maintain their place as part of UF history.

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Contact the
Baughman Center

For more information or to check availability, please contact the Baughman Center :
352-294-0049 or via email.

Baughman Center Hours

Baughman Center and Administration Building Hours :
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL HOURS:
• Closed from Monday, June 29th through Monday, July 6th for Maintenance

Weddings at the Baughman Center

We are thrilled that you are considering the Baughman Center for the location of your wedding! Anyone can be married at the Baughman Center regardless of their affiliation to the University and cultural or faith background. Our experienced and dedicated staff handles more than 100 weddings a year and is available to assist you every step of the way from your initial reservation to “I Do.” Availability is limited, so please call the Baughman Center office before finalizing your plans.

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Rental Information

For information about renting the Baughman Center for your event, wedding, rental policies and rates please visit the Venue Rental page » or contact the Baughman Center office.

Accessibility

PARKING:
Parking spaces for patrons with disabilities are located in front of the administration building.

WHEELCHAIR SEATING:
Wheelchair seating is available on both the left and right sides of the pavilion in the first and last rows. In addition, a gently sloped ramp allows guests in wheelchairs access to the stage/platform in front of the large picture window.

RESTROOMS:
Restrooms in the administration building of the Baughman Center provide facilities for those with disabilities.

 
Baughman Center Location

982 Museum Road
PO Box 112548,
Gainesville, FL 32611-2548

The Baughman Center is located at the intersection of Radio and Museum Roads, on the University of Florida campus, with convenient access from I-75 at the Archer Road or Newberry Road exits. Another helpful map is available on the UF Campus Map site.


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Driving Directions

Please allow ample time for travel and parking prior to events.

Please Note: The Baughman Center parking entrance is just south of the intersection of Radio Road and Museum Drive. Some GPS devices will take drivers to the area of Corry Village Apartments instead of the Baughman Center. So please also use a map to supplement GPS directions (click here for a Google map).

From NW US 441
Slight right toward NW 43rd St
Continue straight onto NW 43rd St
Turn left onto NW 16th Blvd
Turn right onto NW 34th St
Turn left onto Radio Rd

From I-75 N toward Lake City
Take exit 382 for FL-121 N toward Gainesville
Turn left onto FL-121 N/FL-331 N/SE Williston Rd
Take the 1st left onto FL-121 N/SW 34th St
Turn right onto Radio Rd

From FL-24 W/NE Waldo Rd
Turn right onto State Rd 26 W/W University Ave
Turn left onto SW 13th St
Turn right onto Museum Rd
Continue straight to stay on Museum Rd
Baughman Center will be on the left

Parking

Parking for the Baughman Center is available near the Administration Building adjacent to the Baughman Center. Parking is limited and restricted to Baughman Center patrons and guests only. University of Florida decals are not honored. One-day passes are issued at the Baughman Center administration office in the service building adjacent to the Center. Parking passes are not required for weddings or wedding rehearsals, which are only held during hours not regulated by campus parking restrictions.

Parking spaces for patrons with disabilities are located next to the administration building and on the north side of the parking lot.




Baughman Center FAQs
 

The Baughman Center is open to the public for private contemplation on weekdays. On weekends, the venue often hosts private events such as weddings and memorial services. The venue is not open to the public on weekends. If you would like to schedule a venue tour or contracting appointment, please set a time with the Baughman Center coordinator during regularly scheduled office hours.

Baughman Center and Administration building Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
PHONE: 352-294-0049
EMAIL: baughmancenter@performingarts.ufl.edu

RESERVATION PROCESS

  • Find out if your desired date and time is available for your event by contacting the Baughman Center office via phone or email.
  • Complete a reservation form with a staff member via phone or in person. This date and time will be held no more than 30 days for your party.
  • Finalize your reservation within 30 days by making your deposit, completing your contract and meeting with the coordinator. In meeting with the coordinator you will go over event plans, review venue policies and take a tour of the venue.
  • Final Payments are due two months prior to your event.
  • Payments and coordinator meetings maybe completed via phone or in person. Contracting may be completed by email or fax.

GENERAL RENTAL INFORMATION

  • Your rental includes use of the Baughman Center Parking lot, administration building (with restrooms and Ready Room), Center and surrounding grounds. The staff, grounds, parking lot and Center are only available for contracted times.
  • Staff are included in all rentals. They arrive shortly before your rental to prepare the venue, are available for facility needs during the event and stay shortly after your rental to close the venue. Arriving early or staying late the day of your rental will incur additional charges.
  • The Baughman Center has a minimum 2 hour rental for all events; however we recommend 3 hours for events such as weddings as there is no built in decorating, set up or break down time.
  • Rates and Policies
  • Reservations for your event can be made up to 18 months prior to the event date.
  • Anyone may rent the Baughman Center regardless of faith or association with the University of Florida.
  • A vendor list is available by contacting the office during business hours.
  • If your reservation must be cancelled or a change must be made, please notify the coordinator in writing. (Deposits are non-refundable).
  • At the end of your rental, the Center must be returned to the state you found it in. All programs, silk petals, décor and large amounts of trash must be cleaned up by the party. The staff perform basic cleaning duties upon closing the facility at the end of your rental.
  • If available, additional parking can be found at the bat house lot on weekends.

VENUE LIMITATIONS

We want to make your event memorable. Please discuss any concerns about our restrictions with our coordinator.

Booking

  • We do not book events on Gator football home games; however we do book events on Friday and Sunday the same weekend.
  • We book multiple events in one day.
    • Your rental time cannot be adjusted the day-of for delays.
    • Deliveries, decorating, vendor set up and clean up must all take place during your designated rental time due to staffing and storage availability.

Capacity

  • The seated capacity is approximately 96 on the fixed benches.
  • The Fire Marshall Code is 120 individuals in the building.

Services Provided

  • The Baughman Center provides staff to attend to the facility. The day-of staff does not provide wedding coordinating services (opening doors, starting music, cuing bridal party, acting as personal assistant).
  • Please book the following separately: musicians/DJs, officiants, wedding planners or day-of coordinators

Décor

  • Open flames are limited to unity candles and traditional practices.  The use of any open flames must be reviewed and approved by the coordinator.
  • Throwing items inside/outside the venue must be approved by the coordinator, Typically confetti and similar products are not permitted. Bubbles or sparklers are encouraged instead.
  • If decorating, adhesive of any kind should not be used on any part of the building. Ribbon or string may be used to hang items. Please have décor plans approved by the coordinator.
  • If decorating, please plan to keep décor off of the aisle floors as they are narrow.

Plant/Floral

  • Use of a  professional florist is preferred. Please have floral plans approved by the coordinator.
  • Flower petals placed on the floor of the Baughman Center must be silk.
  • Huppas, Mandaps or other traditional wedding structures are allowed with live flowers, but must adhere to Center guidelines.  Please speak with the Baughman Center coordinator for details.
  • Vases full of standing water are not permitted; please use oasis and drip trays with arrangements.

Storage

  • We have extremely limited storage space. Deliveries must be made during your rental time. We are unable to store décor and other supplies prior to your event.

Audio

  • The Center is not equipped with a speaker system. It is recommended to have your reception DJ provided a speaker and mic if you require one. We do have a digital piano that can amplify sounds for music.

Food and Drink

  • Food and drink are not permitted in the Center.
  • Exceptions are made for religious sacraments and must be approved by the coordinator.