Florida Polytechnic University breaks ground on third student residence building

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Florida Construction News staff writer

Florida Polytechnic University is starting construction of its third student housing building on the Lakeland campus, a five-story, 137,000-square-foot dormitory with 430 beds.

Residence Hall III is designed with a focus on sustainability, flexibility, and campus community and will feature multiple lounges, study spaces, a large multipurpose room, offices, and an interior courtyard with plants and water-conserving landscaping.

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

“This much-needed residence hall represents such an important milestone for our University and is the result of a substantial effort by so many,” said Dr. Randy K. Avent, Florida Poly’s president. “This new facility will have a big impact on our students and their success on campus while supporting the growth we’re experiencing and anticipating over the next several years.”

The University is partnering with Capstone Development Partners to provide efficiencies in speed of delivery and design.

The design-build team includes Design Collective and construction company Clancy & Theys. Capstone Management Partners will provide operations and maintenance services for the new residence hall.

“We’re looking forward to having this new residential facility ready for our students to enjoy, as it will be critical to keep up with our enrollment needs and the increased demand for our university,” said Dr. Ben Matthew Corpus, vice provost for enrollment management.

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