Occupying a key juncture on campus, the three-story LEED Gold certified building is designed to forge connections among eight academic departments and encourage the public to engage with its programs. Facades of brick and precast concrete are designed to bridge the university’s modern and traditional architecture. Inside, conference rooms, study lounges and break-out rooms are interspersed among classrooms to encourage interaction between departments. A cylindrical, multi-media learning center incorporates a planetarium for visits by school children and the public.
FSU’s CCIT achieved LEED Gold certification by satisfying prerequisites and earning points in areas such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality to achieve different levels of certification.
Despite the economic and demographic factors that indicate challenging times ahead for higher ed, campuses across the country are busy building, according to a survey of college and university leaders by UB.