Florida Polytechnic University is opening its new $60m innovation, science and technology (IST) building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, at the campus.
Located on the north side of the central lake, the 200,000ft² building features a range of classrooms, auditoriums, research labs, meeting spaces, faculty offices and academic administration resources, as well as an amphitheatre for hosting events.
The building exterior is made of aluminium, concrete and glass, while the interior employs concrete for the flooring and columns, and plaster, steel and glass.
The entire building is wrapped by a lightweight aluminium trellis and has an operable roof with 46 aluminium louvers, which are moved by hydraulic pistons and can be fitted with solar panels.
The 170 acre campus is connected by a series of pedestrian causeways and walkways, with trees and greenery around.
Calatrava said: "I am honoured to have been involved in this project dedicated to the study of science, technology, engineering and math; a set of subjects so crucial to our society and our economy.
"I am proud of what we have all achieved and I hope the young people that study here will be inspired to be creative and to meet their potential.
"Working with the visionary university leadership and amongst the enthusiastic Lakeland community has been a privilege and I wish everyone associated with this project the best of luck in coming years."
Image: Bird's eye view of the innovation, science and technology (IST) building at Florida Polytechnic University. Photo: courtesy of Central Florida Development Council.