Florida Poly’s New State-of-the-Art Research Building Opens


Florida Polytechnic University’s Center for Applied Research expands the school’s research capabilities and will become a research center for industry.

LAKELAND, Florida., August 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Florida Polytechnic University has unveiled its new Applied Research Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will solidify Florida Poly’s position as a leading STEM institution and driver of economic development. The $47 million The building expands the University’s research capabilities and will further its mission to serve students and industry through excellence in education, discovery, and application of engineering and applied science.

Spanning more than 90,000 square feet, the Applied Research Center (ARC) houses research and teaching labs, student design spaces, lecture halls, faculty offices, and study areas. Students and faculty will have a fuller academic experience as they will enjoy greatly expanded laboratory and research space.

On August 18, the university community joined elected officials and local leaders to celebrate the inauguration of the ARC. Speakers included University President Randy Advent; Cliff OttoPresident of Florida Poly’s board of directors; Congressman Scott Franklin; Senator Kelli Stargel; and Representative Colleen Burton.

“Since 2014, students from across the country have chosen Florida Polytechnic because of the unique learning environment the university offers,” Stargel said. “ARC will ensure that we continue to recruit the best faculty and students who can be confident that we have the technology and resources they need to research and innovate.”

The Polk County The delegation supported Florida Poly as the Legislature approved funding to finalize the building – Florida Poly’s second academic facility.

“I am very proud to be a member of the Polk County legislative delegation. Each of us has worked closely together to ensure that this university continues to grow, to serve students, to bring economic development to Polk County and the whole Central Floridaand continues to enrich the lives of all Floridians,” Burton said.

ARC was designed to be a center for research and a magnet for industry. Its design complements the famous Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) building, with reflective windows and expansive campus views. The builder was Skanska UNITED STATESand the architecture firm was HOK.

“The future is bright for Florida Poly, and our ambitions are high. Our goal is to be a leading STEM university known for producing highly desirable graduates and new technology solutions,” said Avent. “I firmly believe that with the new Center for Applied Research, we are moving full steam ahead towards this goal.”

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SOURCE Florida Polytechnic University


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