The Applied Research Center (ARC) will play a pivotal role in expanding academic program offerings and resources to support Florida Polytechnic University’s growing student population. The dynamic, flexible space will promote the growth of research, entrepreneurship, collaboration and connectivity across the campus.
As the campus home of applied research, the building houses research space, teaching labs, student design areas, conference rooms and faculty offices.
The design of the two-story building complements the existing Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Building designed by Santiago Calatrava while standing out architecturally as a symbol of functionality and elegance. Located to the west of the IST Building, the ARC creates a pedestrian-friendly campus through walking paths, visual connections and an efﬁcient site plan.
The ARC’s dramatic building form embodies the high-tech, collaborative activities happening inside. The transparent environment showcases Florida Poly’s research and technology to inspire students and educators.
The design organizes internal functions to provide natural light in lab spaces and classrooms. Two linear bars of high-performance academic space frame a multistory, daylit atrium that provides a place for students and faculty to come together informally and explore new horizons in their studies. This centralized zone activates the building and organizes teaching and research functions while remaining ﬂexible to accommodate future needs.
Visible from Interstate 4, the ARC will catalyze industry partnerships and capital investment and serve as a new research hub for Central Florida.