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Meeting Spaces

The UF/IFAS Extension Straughn Professional Development 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
  • 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:


    • 37 6x2’ wood top tables on wheels, 3 people sit comfortably on one side
    • 220 wide, comfortable chairs
    • 8-5' round tables
    • 18- 6' round tables
    • 144 stackable chairs (pavlion use)

    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
    • Video conferencing camera for ZOOM
    • 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
    • Speakers
    • A handheld slide advancer/laser pointer

    Additional Audio/Visual Equipment

    • Wireless internet throughout the center
    • 2 handheld microphones in Room C
    • 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
    • Extension Cords
    • Water Service
    • Coffee or coffee fixings
    • Printing/Copying Service