Florida Polytechnic University welcomed its inaugural class last fall with the completion of the award-winning new Innovation, Science & Technology building. Befitting a 21st century educational institution dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the Santiago Calatrava-designed building is state-of-the-art. The only portion of the building that is not concrete is the cupola beams that support the slope glazing – the rest is all concrete. The roof decks, beams, stairs, columns are all comprised of cast-in-place concrete. Those features are all exposed. The vertical structural support portals, all the flaps and stairs in the interior were built with polished concrete. According to a press release from Skanska, which completed construction on the project: “The 162,000-square-foot, white-domed IST building features a distinctive louvered roof system that adjusts with the sun’s angle and is surrounded by a ring of curved metal pergolas that shade its outer terrace and walkways. It houses classrooms, auditoriums, administrative offices, common areas, and a number of cutting-edge laboratories, including a supercomputer and Student Data Center, a Visualization and Technology Collaboration Lab, and a Rapid Application Development Makerspace Lab with 3D printing capabilities.” The project was completed in 28 months and received ENR Southeast’s Best Project award in the education category, representing the top construction and design achievement of the past year in the region.
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