The 160,000-square-foot innovation, science and technology building at Florida Polytechnic University will be the cornerstone of the campus and will establish the design scheme for all buildings within the first phase of the master plan for the new scheme for Florida Polytechnic University. The new campus combines elements of light, air, open views, reflecting water and innovative solutions and will open this year. MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing will fabricate and install a custom shaped elliptical single sloped Cupola skylight with two single slope stairwell skylights on both ends of the cupola.
The visual associations may vary but the first reaction to the enormous, strange and wondrous something that suddenly appears just off Interstate 4 at a Lakeland exit is universal. You can’t — and shouldn’t — miss the spectacle sitting amid flat, nothing-special land in the Central Florida corridor. Likened to many imaginative things — a giant sea creature! an alien spaceship! — it is in reality the signature building on the new campus of Florida Polytechnic University, which was created in 2012 after a withering political fight over its existence. Internationally famous architect Santiago Calatrava designed the $60 million, 162,000-square-foot Innovation, Science and Technology building for labs, classrooms, offices, library and common areas. The 170-acre campus is almost devoid of others. An admissions center sits near the campus entrance and a dormitory is under construction, all to be ready for an August opening. That Calatrava designed neither is obvious. -Tampa Bay Times
Calatrava designed the elliptical building and surrounded it with a “pergola” of metal arches that shades the second-floor terrace. The domed glass ceiling in the multipurpose central common area is outfitted with louvered panels that open and close according to the time of day and intensity of the sunlight, making the building energy-efficient. No artificial light will be needed in that space on most days. The panels will also be coated with solar film that will collect energy. Labs and classrooms take up the first floor; the second has faculty offices lining the perimeter around the common area. A broad terrace, about 20 feet wide, will be outfitted with outdoor furniture and plants. -Tampa Bay Times