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.
4450 Polytechnic Circle
Lakeland FL, 33805
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.
In 2016, the building was named one of the 16 “MOST BREATHTAKING” BUILDINGS in the world, placing it alongside iconic structures such as the Parthenon in Greece, the Empire State Building and Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater” residence.
Other top accolades include:
- 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
- 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Award
- 2015 International Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture