Innovation Science and Technology (IST) Building

Innovation Science and Technology (IST) Building

The IST Building is the center of life on campus where students go to class and labs, hangout, and meet with faculty.


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 iconic 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.


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

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.