The Athletic and Recreation Complex and the Graham Center are hubs for student life on campus, buildings that build community among students, faculty, and staff.
These buildings attract new students and extend our efforts in academics and ministry. They also provide opportunities for students to build the healthy habits and strong friendships they’ll need for a lifetime of Christian service.
Johnson students bring their whole lives to campus, and the Athletic & Recreation Complex and the Graham Center will create opportunities for a holistic education that helps them grow physically, spiritually, socially, and intellectually.
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52, NIV).
- An 86,000-square-foot facility with an additional 30 acres including soccer, softball, and baseball fields, six tennis courts, a walking trail, and a cross country course.
- A game room with pool tables, Ping-Pong tables, and card tables.
- A 6,100-square-foot indoor recreation and athletic room with artificial turf for dodgeball, whiffle ball, badminton, Frisbee, golf, kickball, archery, volleyball, soccer, batting practice, and more.
- A mezzanine level above the locker rooms with a conference room, a team video viewing and training area, a coach’s office area, a reception room, video and audio rooms with a camera platform, and an IT room.
- A 75’ x 75’ swimming pool with nine competition lanes and a warmup lane. It meets all requirements for high school and college-level competitions including professional starting blocks, timing system, and scoreboard.
- Two end-to-end NCAA regulation gymnasiums; one for intercollegiate basketball and volleyball and the second for intramural basketball, volleyball, and floor hockey.
- Student space, weight room and exercise rooms, game room, cafe, and classrooms
From its inception, the purpose of the Athletic and Recreation Complex (ARC), including the Graham Center, was to provide gathering space for the Johnson campus community. Creating a space such as this that appeals to the entire student body provides opportunity for social get-togethers, student events such as coffee house programs and concerts, fitness and wellness opportunities, athletic competition, classes and study groups, and meals together. These gatherings are essential to developing the type of community that fosters deep friendships, a shared commitment to Christ, and unity of mission.
The Commons Dining Hall and Café opened in 2018 and has become a central gathering spot on the JUFL campus, creating spaces for students to enjoy healthy meals, build strong friendships, and grow as a community. The Commons Café enhances the Florida campus, attracts new students, and helps students develop the healthy habits and strong friendships they’ll need for a lifetime of Christian service.
Almost every culture, in every time, has valued the experience of gathering together to eat. This is especially true for Christians; throughout Scripture we see the people of God breaking bread around common tables and Communion tables, and looking forward to the Great Banquet we will one day enjoy with Christ.
This new space has created a new experience of community as students, staff, and faculty gather for food and fellowship. In addition to the dining hall, the Commons also includes a private dining room for special events, a café with a coffee shop, study areas, and a beautifully landscaped plaza and outdoor gathering area where the Johnson community takes advantage of the Florida sunshine – and breaks bread together every day.
- Represents the faculty and staff’s devotion to the students—100% of Florida faculty and staff made financial commitments to the Uncommon Community campaign.
- Includes both a dining hall and an adjacent café with plenty of room for socializing and studying, as well as a covered outdoor plaza to take advantage of the sunshine.
- Sells fair trade coffee in the café, and every coffee is connected to a Great Commission story. For example, an Indian-sourced coffee benefits Mid India Church Partners.
- Is loved by JUFL students! During construction, current students wrote the name of every graduate from 1980 to 2018 on the interior walls of the dining hall freezer.
Situated on the campus between the classroom building and student housing, the Florida Commons plays a central role in developing a strong community of students, faculty, and staff on the Florida campus. The Commons provides gathering space for shared meals, fellowship, study groups, and student events and helps us educate the whole person—intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually.