Florida Polytechnic opens doors Fall of 2014 as the 12th state university with 2 Colleges – one focused on Engineering, the other on Innovation and Technology (see concentrations below)
The campus itself will ooze innovation. Tampa Bay Times:
“Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish architect who has designed the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and Brazil's Museum of Tomorrow, was tapped in 2009 to create a huge contemporary dwelling to house classrooms and lecture halls. Former chancellor Marshall Goodman spoke of creating a destination campus on par with the innovation of Walt Disney World.”
“The main building is an architectural feat, with vertical columns that bring in light and reflect water from surrounding ponds. It has an operable roof made of 94 aluminum louvers that flap to create shade. It's designed to be energy efficient and spacious. Staffers' offices are small and student areas are big.
The result is a modern foil to the archetype of an ivy-clad university, an antithesis to the name-brand alternatives students already have. USF and the University of Central Florida are within an hour's drive of Florida Polytechnic. They have histories spanning decades, reputations, rankings, traditions, clubs, sports teams, mascots.”