Innovation, Science and Technology Building by Santiago Calatrava

IST Building

IST BuildingThe Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building that is the centerpiece of the campus was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, has been finished on schedule and under the $60 million budget.
IST BuildingLocated on the north side of the central lake it is designed around, the exterior of the 200,000 sq. ft. building is made up of aluminum, aluminum cladding, concrete and glass. The interior is made of concrete flooring and columns, plaster, steel and glass.
IST BuildingIt will function as the primary campus facility – housing classrooms, laboratories, offices, meeting spaces and even an amphitheater for larger events. On the second floor, offices and meeting rooms are arranged around the “Commons” – a large meeting space under the vaulted skylight.
IST BuildingThe building has a pergola of lightweight aluminum trellis wrapping its exterior. The pergola not only adds character, but reduces the solar load on the building by 30%.
IST BuildingIt also has an operable roof, made of two sets of 46 aluminum louvers, which use the power of hydraulic pistons to move in relationship to the sun, and which can be fitted with solar panels.
IST BuildingThe operable roof helps to shade the skylight of the Commons from direct sunlight and to maximize daylight to the space.
IST BuildingVisible from the adjacent Interstate 4, the futuristic building has become a well-known feature in the local area and has already appeared in an ad campaign for a major automobile manufacturer, who used it as a backdrop for its commercial.
IST BuildingWhen designing the campus’ master plan, Calatrava made the most of the unique topography of the central Florida area. The campus lake offers dramatic views and serves as the primary storm water retention facility and as a storage vessel for site irrigation.
IST BuildingThe campus is connected by a series of pedestrian causeways and walkways, as well as a road circling the lake buffered by trees and greenery.
IST BuildingAs the latest addition to Florida’s State University System, the new Florida Polytechnic University will formally open to the public on August 16 in Lakeland, Florida and welcome its first students when classes begin on August 25.
IST BuildingLocation: Lakeland, FL, USA
Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer: TLC
Civil Engineer: Anderson Lane, Inc
Architect of Record: Alfonso Architects
Lab Consultant: RS&H
CM/GC: Skanska USA
Area: 200,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $60 milion
Year: 2014
Client: Florida’s State University
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