LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - Florida Polytechnic University is getting bigger. Plans were just unveiled at a board of trustees meeting for the university’s new 85,000-square-foot Applied Research Center.
ARC will expand the university’s ability to conduct cutting edge research in science, technology, engineering, and math.
“We need it to keep going with this university,” trustee Bob Stork told FOX 13 Wednesday.
Groundbreaking research attracts outstanding professors and students. It also catches the attention businesses looking to work with top talent.
“The goal here is to attract industry into the area and grow a research park where we put industry, academia, and government, all together, to work on common hard problems because that’s where we know you get the best results,” said University President Dr. Randy Avent.
ARC is the first step towards a research park actually coming to fruition. The university plans to break ground on ARC in August. It should take about two years to finish.