When RD Management purchased the former University Mall site in Tampa, Florida, they called on Gresham Smith to reimagine the space as an mixed-use office, urban neighborhood with an innovation campus called rithm at Uptown. Located in a federally designated opportunity zone, the project seeks to create much-needed, cost-effective office and research space to support expanding innovation, technology and manufacturing needs across Tampa. The first step of the massive 100-acre redevelopment project is re-envisioning a former JC Penney into 160,000 square feet of Class A office space, restaurants and more.


RD Management


Tampa, FL


SF of potential redevelopment


SF of re-imagined creative office and research space


SF of restaurant, bar and office space

A Space to Innovate

A Space to Innovate

RITHM—Research, Innovation, Technology, Habitat, Medicine—at Uptown is being designed as a premier innovation campus with collaborative spaces to support the growing need for new technology and manufacturing across Tampa.

Before / After

Before / After


Bringing Together the Research Community

The site represents tremendous value because of its close proximity to major landmarks, such as the University of South Florida’s main campus and four hospitals, including the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital as well as H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. The facility also has substantial, existing infrastructure, such as access to and from major roadways like I-275, parking, utilities and existing structures. Ultimately, this project represents a potential catalyst for current and future growth opportunities within Tampa.