Gary C. Wendt Engineering Building Coming to Florida Polytechnic University
(Lakeland, Fla., January 18, 2024) – Florida Polytechnic University, the only public polytechnic university of the State University System of Florida, embarked on the mission to enhance research and development with a new engineering facility for its students. Designed by DLR Group, this facility, aligned with FPU’s dedicated focus on STEM education, is envisioned to support the programs of their Applied Research Center to the north and align with the broader campus vision and educational objectives by complementing the design of the Innovation, Science, and Technology building.
The fully realized Gary C. Wendt Engineering Building includes a 40,000-SF, two-story facility. The first phase of design-build work includes the current design and shell construction of the entire facility with a focus of building out approximately 12,000 SF of usable first floor space with subsequent buildout phases to follow as funding allows. The design of the building features raw materials and exposed structural elements to express the architectural integrity of the facility and to provide spaces for student creativity and connection. The design cleverly embraces the building’s dual roles, serving as both a makerspace and a social hub for student interaction.
The Gary C. Wendt Engineering Building will continue to expand the already robust STEM curriculum and programming at FPU. DLR Group is crafting a space where innovation converges with education, and we look forward to seeing what students and researchers will embark upon within these walls.”
This project is being designed in design-build partnership with Charles Perry Partners, Inc. DLR Group is providing architecture and interiors with partner consultants TLC Engineering for Architecture (MEP Engineering), BBM Structural (Structural Engineering), and VHB (Civil Engineering & Landscape Architecture). Construction will begin in spring 2024.
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