As the latest addition to Florida's State University System, the new Florida Polytechnic University will formally open to the public on August 16 in Lakeland, Florida and welcome its first students when classes begin on August 25.
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed the 170-acre campus and its main Innovation, Science, and Technology Building — which the firm proudly announces was finished on schedule and under the $60 million budget. The 200,000 sq.ft structure dons Calatrava's signature futuristic style and has already captured local attention, including appearing in the backdrop for a Chrysler Ram truck commercial that aired earlier this year.
Read on for more details about the IST Building, provided by the firm:
"Located on the north side of the central lake it is designed around, the exterior of the 200,000 sq. ft. building is made up of aluminum, aluminum cladding, concrete and glass. The interior is made of concrete flooring and columns, plaster, steel and glass. It will function as the primary campus facility - housing classrooms, laboratories, offices, meeting spaces and even an amphitheater for larger events."
"On the second floor, offices and meeting rooms are arranged around the 'Commons', which is a large meeting space under the vaulted skylight. The building has a pergola of lightweight aluminum trellis wrapping its exterior. The pergola not only adds character, but reduces the solar load on the building by 30%."
"It also has an operable roof, made of two sets of 46 aluminum louvers, which use the power of hydraulic pistons to move in relationship to the sun, and which can be fitted with solar panels. The operable roof helps to shade the skylight of the Commons from direct sunlight and to maximize daylight to the space."
"When designing the campus’ master plan, Calatrava made the most of the unique topography of the central Florida area. The campus lake offers dramatic views and serves as the primary storm water retention facility and as a storage vessel for site irrigation. The campus is connected by a series of pedestrian causeways and walkways, as well as a road circling the lake buffered by trees and greenery."
Project partners included:
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer: TLC
Civil Engineer: Anderson Lane, Inc.
Architect of Record: Alfonso Architects
Lab Consultant: RS&H
CM/GC: Skanska USA
The on-campus ceremony will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and will be free and open to the public. For more info, click here.
All photos © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava