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CLEAR SPRINGS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER, POLK STATE COLLEGE, bartow, florida FURR & WEGMAN ARCHITECTS, PA, lakeland, florida ALL PHOTOS BY SCOTT WHEELER. Exterior views showing main entrance. The driving motivation behind this educational facility was a commitment to preparing students to become part of Polk County's workforce. Recognizing the positive impact that the facility would have in meeting current workforce needs, the funding was provided entirely by private donations from local businesses. At a cost of $8,292,634, there are just over 42,000 square feet of high tech teaching space for 7,200 students. The curriculum includes programs like Supply Chain Management, Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology. In keeping with its high tech educational offerings, it was imperative the building's design reflect the same cutting edge feel. Materials were selected for their sound absorption 16 Sections of the lobby, including the seating/ collaboration areas are defined by changes in floor pattern and metal overhead panels. The lighting in the lobby is particularly unique to this building. construction completion. The team's use of new design elements converged perfectly with the school's new collegiate branding, utilizing its new "shield" image at the entrance and using its "eagle's talon" motif at columns, sunshades and canopies to emphasize the school's brand. Public entrances and interior public spaces were treated with curvilinear elements and bright colors that give the building its liveliness. Inside, there are constantly changing light patterns, shadows and reflections as sunlight permeates the space. and durability as well as their unique aesthetic qualities. Color, texture and pattern define traffic flow, focal points and semi-private zones. Collaboration areas, distinguished from open-floor areas by changes in floor features, create gathering spots throughout. The technology building is the first to be completed in the Clear Springs Corporate Park and its shiny metal cladding is intended to serve as a landmark for the new development as well as the school. The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is being evaluated for silver certification under the LEED rating system. â–  The design for the new facility resulted from a collaborative effort on the part of the architect and client. Furr & Wegman kept a unified design team working on the project from programming through Project Credits: Heery Design: Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection Engineering; BBM Structural Engineers, Inc.; Stantec Consulting Services Inc.: Civil Engineering and Landscape Design. www.aiafla.org http://www.aiafla.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2014

President’s Perspective / Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP
Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Phase 2
Hanke Hall, Flagler College
NorthView Student Housing, University of Central Florida
Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center, Polk State College
Valencia College at Lake Nona, Academic Building
Spotlight: Emerging Professionals Traction Architecture
Florida Foundation for Architecture Update
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Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2014