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Florida Poly celebrates 3rd student residential building with ‘topping out’ ceremony

Construction of Florida Polytechnic University’s third student residential building reached a significant milestone this week.

The University held a “topping out” ceremony at the construction site on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to celebrate, with attendees signing the final steel beam of the structure before workers fastened it into place at the top of Residence Hall III. The next phase of the project will begin with the installation of exterior skin, followed by the building’s interior features.

The five-story, 137,000-square-foot dormitory will expand Florida Poly’s on-campus housing options, aligning with the institution’s increased demand and enrollment growth. The new facility will house 430 beds in a combination of one-, two-, and four-bedroom suites and apartments. It will also feature multiple lounges, study spaces, a large multipurpose room, offices, and define an interior courtyard with the existing housing phases I and II.

“This third residential hall represents a pivotal milestone for our University and will have a tremendous impact on our students’ success and campus life,” said Dr. Randy K. Avent, Florida Poly’s president. “As the University’s reputation continues to rise, this new facility will play a crucial role in supporting our current and anticipated growth for years to come.”

The building is expected to be completed by the beginning of the fall 2024 semester at a cost of $42 million. The project is financed with a tax-exempt public bond issued by the state on behalf of the State University System and will be owned by the University.

The student residential facility is being built by nationwide construction company Clancy & Theys.

“It is always a great milestone in any project to achieve the topping out of the structure, in part by the strong team of subcontractors and suppliers we have. We are well on our way with the interior construction of the project and are looking forward to successful completion this summer,” said Bill Zecher, vice president and Florida division manager of Clancy & Theys. “It will be an exciting time to be able to welcome the students this August into their new home and we are extremely grateful for having the opportunity to be a part of that.”

The University also entered a public-private partnership with Capstone Development Partners to streamline the delivery and design processes for the project. Capstone Management Partners will oversee operations and maintenance services for the upcoming dormitory.

“As this project has risen out of the ground and reaches this critical construction milestone, we want to thank Florida Polytechnic University for its trust and collaboration with Capstone and our talented design-build team. We also want to express appreciation to the members of our design-build team for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the successful design and delivery of this project, which allowed us to reach this milestone on schedule and tracking within the established budget,” said Walker May, executive vice president of Capstone Development Partners. “Capstone looks forward to the opening of this new student housing community later this summer, and to welcoming hundreds of additional students to experience on-campus living each year at Florida Poly.”

The building was designed by Design Collective, an architectural firm with ample experience creating student-oriented communities and engaging facilities for college campuses.

“Our Design Team is honored to be a part of the evolution of Florida Poly’s extraordinary campus as it continues to grow and support its students. The design is intended to integrate and expand upon the existing housing aesthetic and provide active ground floor uses that will serve all members of the campus community,” said Tom Zeigenfuss, AIA, NCARB, principal at Design Collective. “This new project will add to the variety of housing options, cultivate a culture of discourse and learning, and ultimately enhance that sense of ‘home’ that is so important to the success of all great campuses.”

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About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is ranked the number one public college in the Southeast Region for three years in a row and a top 20 public engineering program without a Ph.D. in the nation. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and a member of the State University System of Florida. Florida Poly is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM and offers ABET-accredited degrees. Florida Poly is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. Florida Poly’s iconic Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, designed by world-renowned architect Dr. Santiago Calatrava, has won more than 20 global awards and was named one of the 16 most breathtaking buildings in the world. Connect with Florida Poly.

Members of Florida Polytechnic University’s Board of Trustees and Cabinet during a topping out ceremony held for the campus’ third student residential building on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The five-story, 137,000-square-foot dormitory will house 430 beds and will open this fall.

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