“Seeing this building is really a gratification and also a confirmation that with the work of many people and the will of many people, wonderful things can be done.”
Visit Florida Polytechnic University
Innovation is more than a buzzword at Florida Poly. It’s an ongoing ambition woven into every aspect of the University, from its curriculum to its ultra-modern campus.
Strategically located in Lakeland along Florida’s High-Tech Corridor and easily accessible from I-4, Florida Poly is halfway between Tampa and Orlando, within a 100-mile radius of nearly 9 million people and more than 11,500 high-tech companies.
With the campus still under construction, prospective students and their families can visit and embark on a “Purple Hard Hat Tour.” How many students have the opportunity to see their future alma mater rise from the ground up? Literally!
Visitors are able to see firsthand the campus layout, our first residence hall under construction, the reflecting ponds that surround the Innovation, Science and Technology Building (IST) taking shape and the iconic IST Building itself.
The IST Building, Florida Poly’s main classroom building, is at the heart of the campus and a symbol of the University’s commitment to innovation. It includes 26 teaching labs and classrooms, 11 research labs, two seminar rooms, 17 group meeting rooms and an 11,000-square-foot common area under the building’s cupola. Designed by world-renowned architect, engineer and polytechnic graduate Dr. Santiago Calatrava, the IST Building is surrounded by 84 arched pergolas that will shade its terraces and walkways. It also features 94 operable louvers atop the roof that will open and close like giant wings to provide shade and natural lighting for the expansive building.
Though the IST Building is still under construction, it already is a widely recognized landmark and symbol of the state’s commitment to innovation, high-tech industry and applied research.
Schedule a campus tour through our 2014 Admissions Site, BeTheNext.com.