Innovation Science and Technology (IST) Building

Innovation Science and Technology (IST) Building

Florida Poly's iconic IST Building is the cornerstone of life on campus where students go attend class and labs, hangout, and meet with faculty.
The world-famous Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) building is Florida Poly’s primary building located at the heart of the campus. The white-domed IST Building is a moveable and functional work of art. It features a distinctive louvered roof system that can move with the sun providing passive lighting inside the second-floor atrium. The oval-shaped IST Building is ringed by curved metal pergolas that shade its outer terrace and walkways. The 162,000-square-foot building is home to 26 classrooms, the Aula Magna auditorium, faculty administrative offices, an 11,000-square-foot Commons area and 11 innovation labs where students are able to get hands-on experience with the latest technology.



Construction of the building took 28 months and was completed in 2014. World-renowned Spanish architect Dr. Santiago Calatrava designed the building. Skanska USA was the lead contractor.

On August 16, 2014 Florida Poly officially opened and welcomed its Inaugural Class. Florida’s newest state university held a public LAUNCH Celebration to commemorate its grand opening and the completion of the impressive Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building.



Interesting Information

From internationally recognized awards to Florida Poly's student-led comicon event - here are some interesting facts about the IST Building.
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Architectural Awards

The IST Building has garnered 23 regional, national, and international awards including:

  • 2016: The building was ranked one of the 16 “most breathtaking” buildings in the world, according to a survey of architects, placing it alongside iconic structures such as the Parthenon in Greece, the Empire State Building and Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater” residence.
  • 2015: International Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture
  • 2015: The European Centre for Architecture’s “International Architecture Award”
  • 2015: Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Award
  • 2014 Engineering News Record Global Best Project by Engineering News Record
  • Best Projects: 2014 Project of the Year – Southeast Region, Best Higher Education/Research by Engineering News Record
  • 2014 Metal Construction News Design Award in Metal Building Systems
  • 2014 Best Innovative Structural Steel Project of the Year by the American Institute of Steel Construction

Fun Facts

  • The 162,000-square-foot, white-domed building is a moveable and functional work of art. The building includes a system of 94 louvered arms that raise and lower throughout the day providing passive lighting inside the second-floor atrium.
  • The louvers track the sun above a glass roof.
  • The oval-shaped building is ringed by curved metal pergolas that shade its outer terrace and walkways.
  • The building was the inspiration for the university’s logo which was created in 2017.
  • Located on the northernmost side of campus, the IST is positioned at the head of five distinct lakes that serve as the focal point, forming the central backbone of the entire campus. Two smaller ponds flank each side of the IST surrounding it by water on all sides. 
  • The state's famed alligators often make casual appearances in the lakes around the IST. These friendly reptiles become part of the natural charm, creating a unique and memorable environment. There's one rule...don't feed them! 
  • The IST was featured on the international TV show “How Did They Build That?” on the Smithsonian Channel.