Florida Polytechnic University: Bold main building of new Florida Poly campus is focus of tour

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Lakeland, Florida -- We'll get a good look today at the location of Florida Polytechnic University on Wednesday, along with the bold design for its first building.

Cranes and dozers have been moving things around for a few months now at the site of the new school.

But Florida Poly's trustees just met for the first time last month, so this will be their first big tour.

A bus will take them out to the location of the campus, which is near Interstate 4 and the eastern end of the Polk Parkway, at about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Then they'll come back to Downtown Lakeland to One Poly Place, the office that's the home of the school's planners. Inside, they'll see architectural models of what's to come.

Coming first is the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building designed by cutting-edge architect Santiago Calatrava.

They'll talk a lot Wednesday about the university's campus -- but this one building will be the lone hub of activity for a while.

The first several groups of students at the school will see this as the only major building.

So, all the functions of a university will fit inside, much like how the old Tampa Bay Hotel entirely contained the University of Tampa for several years before the school started adding other buildings on its campus. 

Concept art for the building shows spiky, feathery points coming out of the top. That's because the roof moves.

Those points projecting above the roof of the oval-shaped building are louvers that follow the sun. They provide shade to the skylight in the center.

The 120,000 square foot building should be done by the end of next year or early 2014.

Florida Poly's Board of Trustees will also bang through some business in an afternoon meeting Wednesday.

Most of it centers around transitioning this construction work and other projects from the University of South Florida's oversight to the new, independent Florida Polytechnic University.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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