World renowned architect to design new USF campus

06/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
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USF officials announced today that renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been selected to design the first building on the new Lakeland campus of USF Polytechnic.

The announcement was made this morning by Marshall Goodman, VP/CEO for USF Polytechnic. He was effusive in his praise for the award-winning architect.

David Robinson is the CEO of DSM, and was part of the selection committee. He said the new campus building will transform the region.

Calatrava was conferenced in to the news conference from his home in Zurich. He said he has been to Lakeland twice, and calls the area beautiful and natural.

USF Polytechnic was originally called USF Lakeland until last year. The school, opened in 1988, currently has 4,229 students, but has shared campus space with Polk State College.

The new campus will be at the eastern intersection of I-4 and the Polk Parkway in North Lakeland. Groundbreaking is scheduled for later this year, with a scheduled opening in the summer of 2012.

Calatrava discussed how the Polytechnic campus will become more than just a college institution. Caltrava said he will return from Zurich to his home in New York City in a few weeks, where he is designing the World Trade Center Transportation Hub at Ground Zero.

He’s also the designer of the Chicago Spire in Chicago, which when completed, will be the tallest building in North America.

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