FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
The Innovation, Science, and Technology (IST) Building is Florida Poly’s flagship building and the main classroom and laboratory building. The 162,000-square-foot, white-domed building is a moveable and functional work of art.
The building includes a system of 94 louvered arms that raise and lower throughout the day providing passive lighting inside the second-floor atrium. The louvers track the sun above a glass roof.
The oval-shaped building is ringed by curved metal pergolas that shade its outer terrace and walkways.
The IST building houses:
- 26 classrooms
- Aula Magna auditorium
- faculty and administrative offices
- 11,000-square-foot Saddle Creek Logistics Commons
- seven innovation labs–including a 3D printing lab, cybersecurity lab, and health informatics lab–where students are able to get hands-on experience with the latest technology.
- Mosaic Café
The building was the inspiration for the university’s logo which was created in 2017.
Florida Polytechnical University is a state university located in Lakeland. You might have seen it in passing while driving on I-4. It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The building includes 94 robotic louvers on the roof that move to accommodate changing sunlight patterns.
Originally it was part of the University of South Florida. Then it was designated as an independent university. It is the states only public polytechnic university.
We will be shooting there while the campus is on a summer break on Friday, June 28. People who want to carpool can meet at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall to leave at 7:45 am. We will shoot from 9:00 to about 11:00. Lunch plans TBD.
If you have any questions, you can contact Bobbie at (813-690-5062). For those members who are thinking about upgrading from an iPhone or a point and shoot camera, the club has purchased a Sony, Cannon and Nikon cameras for you to try out. If you are interested in one of these cameras on our field trip check the link at the top of this page to reserve a camera.
You must be a member to participate in the field trips. You may not bring a spouse or friend who is not a current member of the club. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please check your email prior to leaving if there is inclement weather.
Address is 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL., 33805