Florida Polytechnic University’s $15M Engineering Expansion Addresses Surging Student Numbers

United States, 16th May 2024 – Florida Polytechnic University takes a bold stride towards the future with the announcement of its latest endeavor: the construction of the $15M Gary C. Wendt Engineering building. This state-of-the-art facility, spanning 40,000 square feet across two stories, aims to meet the escalating demand for engineering education amidst a rapid increase in student enrollment.



As one of the premier institutions driving technological innovation, Florida Polytechnic University is committed to providing students with cutting-edge resources and facilities. The Gary C. Wendt Engineering building will house advanced research and development labs, fostering hands-on learning experiences essential for tomorrow’s engineers.

Local engineer Roberto Clark underscores the significance of investing in educational infrastructure, stating, “Projects like the Gary C. Wendt Engineering building are instrumental in providing students with the resources they need to thrive in the field.” This sentiment is echoed by university president Randy Avent, who emphasizes the crucial role of technology in propelling Florida’s economic development.

With student enrollment surging from 400 in its inaugural class to approximately 1,600 this year, Florida Polytechnic University is poised for further expansion. Plans are underway to accommodate up to 2,500 students, with construction already underway on a new student residence hall adding 400 beds to meet the rising demand.

Brennan Halsey, a physics engineering student, expresses excitement about the opportunities the new facility presents. “Giving students more spaces to explore different areas in engineering, environmental, and computer science is super important for their student experiences and their future as a whole,” remarks Halsey.

The project receives a significant boost from former trustee Gary C. Wendt, who has contributed $2 million to the endeavor, underscoring his dedication to the university’s mission. The Gary C. Wendt Engineering building is slated for completion by the summer of next year, marking another milestone in Florida Polytechnic University’s journey towards excellence in engineering education.

About Florida Polytechnic University:

Florida Polytechnic University is a leading institution dedicated to fostering innovation, research, and excellence in STEM education. With a focus on engineering and technology, Florida Polytechnic prepares students to become the next generation of industry leaders and innovators.

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