The UF/IFAS Extension Straughn Professional Development Center is currently only available to UF and IFAS sponsored events. To reserve space at the center:
The room rates below apply for each calendar day. All groups will be responsible for direct charges that pertain to their event. User groups will be invoiced following the event.
Note: If staff presence on a weekend/UF Holiday is required, a fee will be added to the rental. Please contact the facility for further information regarding this fee.
In addition to daily room rates, please consider the following costs that may also be associated with reserving the UF/IFAS Extension Straughn Professional Development Center:
All fees must be paid within 30 days of invoice date. UF groups will be required to pay by E2R by making a chart field available. Non-UF groups will be required to pay by check.
Based on the nature of your event, special event liability insurance coverage through URMIA TULIP may be required.
TULIP is a Tenants' and Users' Liability Insurance Policy that provides special event liability coverage. The purpose of TULIP is to permit tenants and users to use university facilities and provide protection to them from claims from third party attendees. The policy covers both the Facility User and the Center against claims by third parties who may be injured or lose property as a result of attending an event.
You may reference the table below to determine whether your event will need to purchase special event liability insurance through URMIA TULIP. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Facility Coordinator for clarification.
|Group Type||Activity||Insurance Required?|
|Student Group||Business (meeting/training/networking)||No|
|Student Group||Social (banquet/holiday gathering)||Yes|
|Officially Constituted College or UF Department||
Social events without alcohol (retirement gathering/luncheon)
|Officially Constituted College or UF Department||Event involving alcohol||Yes|
|Outside/Affiliated Groups||Business (meeting/training/seminar) during standard business hours||No|
Business (meeting/training/seminar) outside standard business hours
Social (banquet/holiday gathering)
Please note that categorization of both group type and activity type is at the discretion of the Facility Coordinator. The UF/IFAS Extension Straughn Professional Development Center Coordinator has the final say in determining whether purchasing insurance through URMIA TULIP is necessary/required.
For more information about URMIA TULIP or to build a quote specific to your event, please visit https://tulip.ajgrms.com/.
The parking lot around the center typically requires a UF decal between 7:30am and 4:30pm.There are about 67 designated Orange Decal spaces and 3 disabled spaces which require a UF Disabled Persons parking decal. There are additional lots nearby; see the UF parking map for more details.
Parking arrangements can be made in advance to ensure ample parking for event participants with or without UF decals. Please be sure to indicate your parking needs on your Reservation Request form and discuss them with the center coordinator. Please remember there may be multiple events happening at the center on the same day. The coordinator will ultimately recommend a strategy that accommodates everyone’s needs. This strategy is often one or a combination of the follow options:
Encouraging carpooling, riding a bike or bus to events is always a great idea.