Innovation, Science, and Technology Building

The Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building is Florida Poly’s flagship building and the main classroom and laboratory building. 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 IST building houses:

  • 26 classrooms
  • Aula Magna auditorium
  • faculty and administrative offices
  • 11,000-square-foot Saddle Creek Logistics Commons
  • seven innovation labs–including a 3D printing lab, cybersecurity lab, and health informatics lab–where students are able to get hands-on experience with the latest technology.
  • Mosaic Café

The building was the inspiration for the university’s logo which was created in 2017.

Address

4450 Polytechnic Circle
Lakeland FL, 33805

History

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.

Awards

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

  • 2016, the IST building was ranked as 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’s “Global Best Project 2014”
  • 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