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Updated: 11/30/2013 08:00:03AM

Polytech to open first building Wednesday

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PHOTO BY CATHY PALMER

The new Florida Polytechnic University near Interstate 4 is being built by Skanska Construction and is expected to cost $100 million when completed next summer.

PHOTO BY CATHY PALMER

Construction vehicles ring the new Innovation, Science and Technology Building that will be the centerpiece of the new Florida Polytechnic University.

By CATHY PALMER

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On Dec. 4, the new multi-million Florida Polytechnic University will open its first building to the public and will be offering special tours of the campus to local dignitaries and the media.

The tour will preview the new admissions center and the ongoing construction of the signature facilities just off Interstate 4 and the Polk Parkway on Research Way.

The clam-shell signature building is showing its unique design which is expected to become its highlight. The unique main building was designed by renowned architect and designer Santiago Calatrava. The entire facility is expected to cost in excess of $100 million to complete.

Meanwhile, on Dec. 4, the admissions building will be the first to open to the public and will give prospective students and their families an opportunity to preview the campus under construction and learn more about the university’s vision, curriculum and scholarships. Students also will be able to preregister for classes which are expected to begin at the new campus in about a year.

The new facility features innovative design features, including louvers that can open the clam-shell roof to follow the sun. The new campus will serve about 500 students initially and specialize in an engineering, technology, math and science curriculum.

Because the campus is still under construction, guests at the Dec. 4 event are asked to dress accordingly.

The new main building will be called the Innovation, Science and Technology building. The two-story building, clad in white grating will be surrounded by a moat that will be a reflecting pool. It will contain 160,000 square feet of space with classrooms, auditoriums, research and teaching labs, administrative and faculty offices, conference rooms, a library and support facilities. There also will be a large common area which will be covered under a ring-around walkway or arcade with spots where students may gather to study or mingle.

The university building is being built by Skanska Construction Co.

The main building is expected to be completed in June with students on campus for the fall term starting in August, 2014.

Anyone interested in the preliminary tour is asked to contact Crystal Lauderdale at 813-728-4294 or via email at clauderdale@florida polytechnic.org.


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