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Florida’s 12th University Focuses On STEM

The curiously oval-shaped structure at the new Florida Polytechnic University, designed by noted Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is a symbol of the state’s latest higher-education experiment.

It is the centerpiece of what will soon-be Florida’s 12th state university and the only one dedicated almost exclusively to producing science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, degrees.

Adorned with curved awnings and a roof that adjusts with the sun’s angle, the 162,000-square foot, $60 million Innovation, Science and Technology building will house the school’s laboratories, classrooms, auditoriums and other meeting rooms. It is the perfect symbol of a university built with the Silicon Valley-type industry in mind.