Owner: Florida State University, TIITF
Design: Lewis + Whitlock, PA
Value of Improvements: $65,000,000.00
Description: Plans include the construction of a five-story building consisting of 192,000 square feet that amounts to a 67-percent increase in space. Highlights include a large lobby with three-story atrium, a large multipurpose event space, a trading room, a 300-seat auditorium, a student common area with coffee/food service and numerous classrooms, offices, centers and breakout rooms. The building's cost is estimated at $65 million and will be primarily built with private funds, which are actively being sought.
I'm including some examples below to show how it is not unusual for downtown University buildings to take on a different image from those on the main campus. These examples happen to all be Business schools. I keep mentioning the building in Tampa at USF.
I'm sorry, it seems dumb to say but when it comes to attracting the best and brightest to chose your school, FACILITIES MATTER! Not as much as the program's reputation itself of course, but in a close race that lasting impression of the facilities could tip the balance.
The original design was BEAUTIFUL but that was when I thought the building was going on the main campus in place of the current Business school or adjacent to it. That look fits the vibe and character of the campus, but I always felt it should not be transferred into downtown like some sort of stamp. Design for the property a project sits on. And there was no way for me to "un-see" that first design and accept it as suitable for the O' Connell property.
Some cool Downtown university COB buildings: