LAKELAND, Fla. – The jaw-dropping Innovation, Science, and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University is featured on the latest episode of the international TV show “How Did They Build That?” on the Smithsonian Channel.
The series investigates the world’s most innovative and greatest man-made structures, focusing on the work of the architects, engineers, and builders behind the structures, as well as their use of new materials and construction techniques to achieve their cutting-edge designs.
“We are incredibly proud to see our campus centerpiece showcased on a global scale,” said Dr. Randy Avent, Florida Poly’s president. “The futuristic building is a visual representation of the innovative, future-forward STEM education taking place within.”
The award-winning Innovation, Science, and Technology Building was designed by famed Spanish architect Dr. Santiago Calatrava. The 162,000-square-foot building is the heart of the Florida Poly campus and is a moveable, functional work of art. The strikingly white edifice features a system of 94 louvered arms that move to provide passive lighting to the building’s second-floor atrium, and the building is ringed by curved metal pergolas that shade an outdoor terrace and walkways.
To view season 2, episode 2 of “How Did They Build That?”, click here.
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About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is ranked the number one public college in the South, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and a member of the State University System of Florida. Nationally ranked in engineering education, 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.