Illustrative artist concept for future FSU College of Business drafted prior to solicitation for architectural bids. Final design will differ. Illustrative artist concept for future FSU College of Business drafted prior to solicitation for architectural bids. Final design will differ. Clark-Huesemann in collaboration with Architects Lewis + Whitlock P.A., and Culpepper Construction

Architect Selected, Soil Tested for future FSU College of Business facility downtown

Written by  Friday, 16 February 2018 22:19

INSTITUTIONAL - Crews were on the site of the future Florida State University College of Business site, also referred to as Legacy Hall, sampling soils to assess the degree, if any, of potential chemical contamination Thursday, February 15th.

This discovery signals forward progress on the long awaited relocation of the College of Business away from its current location on FSU's main campus to a prominent spot downtown in the heart of the Gaines Street corridor. 

Proposed for this approximate 5.3 acre site is the construction of a five-story building consisting of 200,000 square feet that amounts to a 67-percent increase in space over the current College of Business building. Although the final design has yet to be completed, according to the university's advertisements for architecture bids, "it is envisioned that the new facility will house Students, Faculty, and Staff by creating a multi-functional, collaborative, and flexible environment to teach, research, and learn. Classroom and instructional space, ballroom and event space, computer labs, technology and distance learning space, wellness center space, Center and Institute space, and administrative and support space will be included."

Architect Selected

Architect / Engineering bid award results appear to show, Goody Clancy & Associates Inc., Boston, Massachusetts as the designer of this new facility. This firm has designed business schools at Harvard, Georgetown University, Purdue, Dartmouth, Boston University, Texas Tech, University of Texas at Dallas and the University of New Hampshire. It is also in the process of designing for Butler University.

Two notable Tallahassee-based design firms were also ranked as top contenders for the architectural work.

A Master planning effort will be included to plan for future site development and growth as well as connections to adjacent facilities and main campus. Development of a retail/commercial component, including storefronts may also be incorporated, as well as renovations to related spaces or facilities needed to support the College of Business. The project budget is approximately $88,000,000 with a construction budget of $65,000,000.

Crews on site conducting soil testing for future Florida State University (FSU) College of Business facilities.

Crews on site conducting soil testing for future Florida State University (FSU) College of Business Facilities. | urbanTallahassee images

Due to this parcel's reported historic use as an automotive site, necessary precautions are being taken to ensure soil contaminants are identified and removed prior to commencement of any work. After soil samples are collected they will be taken to a lab to be analyzed for potential impacts to the future project. 

Soil testing is very common in the construction industry and is conducted for most projects for a variety of reasons.

This parcel, commonly referred to has the O'Connell property, was subject to a recent land swap with the City for several parcels bordering Cascades Park that were vested to the State of Florida and managed by Florida State University. The parcels traded near Cascades Park are subject to the proposed, NAP - Cascades Mixed Use Development.

Founded in 1950, the College of Business at Florida State University has grown to be one of the nation’s largest with an enrollment of approximately 6,000 students. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 40 business schools at public universities by U.S. News and World Report, several of its programs rank among the nation’s top 10. The College of Business is proud of its international reputation and the individual attention it provides to its students. Its vision is to be a preeminent College of Business in the areas of teaching, research, and service.

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