University of Florida

Meeting Spaces

The Straughn IFAS Extension Center consists of a large ballroom that can be divided with one or two air walls to create up to three separate meeting spaces.

The center also features:

  • A welcoming lobby space useful for registration and/or serving refreshments
  • A large outdoor pavilion¬†
  • A warming kitchen designed for easy access by caterers
  • Landscaping designed to demonstrate Florida Friendly Landscapes principles.

Floor Plan

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Floor Plan of the Straughn Extension Center













Room Capacities

Room Size/Dimensions Capacity per Layout
A 919 sq ft, 23 by 39.8 ft Theatre Style: 80 people
Classroom Style: 36 people
Banquet Style: 36 people
B 903 sq ft, 22.6 by 39.8 ft Theatre Style: 80 people
Classroom Style: 36 people
Banquet Style: 36 people
C 1,778 sq ft, 44.6 by 39.8 ft Theatre Style: 117 people
Classroom Style: 60 people
Banquet Style: 72 people
A & B 1,822 sq ft, 45.6 by 39.8 ft Theatre Style: 160 people
Classroom Style: 90 people
Banquet Style: 96 people
B & C 2,681 sq ft, 67.2 by 39.8 ft Theatre Style: 210 people
Classroom Style: 96 people
Banquet Style: 120 people
A, B & C 3,600 sq ft, 90.2 by 39.8 ft

Theatre Style (facing north): 300 people
Classroom Style: 132 people; 172 with rentals*
Banquet Style: 132 people; 200 with rentals*

Pavilion 3,000 sq ft, 40 by 75 ft Can seat up to 240 people banquet style*

Capacities depend on aisle and chair spacing and other layout preferences. These are estimates based on reasonable chair spacing and aisles where appropriate.
* Would require renting additional tables. See Equipment below.

Available Equipment

The center has the following equipment available for use:

  • Furniture

    45 6x2’ wood top tables on wheels, 3 people sit comfortably on one side

    300 wide, comfortable chairs

  • Audio/Visual Equipment in Each Room

    A moveable podium equip with a desktop computer that has PowerPoint and Internet capabilities

    Hookups on each podium for laptops (both HDMI and VGA/Analog)

    LCD ceiling mounted projectors

    A drop down screen

    Easy to use Creston touch screen system to manage a/v equipment

    One lectern microphone

    One lapel microphone

    Individual ADA listening devices


    A handheld slide advancer/laser pointer

  • Additional Audio/Visual Equipment

    Wireless internet throughout the center

    Polycom system available in Room C

    2 handheld microphones in Room C

    3 12ft extension cords

    Digital sign in a the Lobby available to display your custom welcome message

    Auxiliary jack in the Pavilion

  • Kitchen (connected to Room C)

    12' serving bar with window from kitchen

    2 serving carts on wheels

    2 standard microwaves

    2 standard size ovens; Note: commercial sized pans do not fit

    Industrial size fridge and freezer

    Large icemaker

    A 12 cup coffee maker

    Cleaning Supplies including extra trashbags

  • Please consider the following list of things the center does not currently provide:

    Ongoing A/V Support

    Table Cloths

    Tables and Chairs for use on the pavilion

    Water Service

    Coffee or coffee fixings

    Printing/Copying Service