Cara C. Perry
FAU Treasure Coast Campus Dedicates Phase II Expansion Building
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (November 13, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University officials hosted a dedication ceremony for the Treasure Coast Campus’ Phase II Expansion today, celebrating the completion of the campus’ newest building. Community leaders from across the region and FAU students, faculty and staff gathered to hear from: FAU President Frank T. Brogan, FAU Board of Trustees Chair Nancy Blosser, Campus Vice President Gerri McPherson, State Senator Ken Pruitt, and Campus Student Government Governor Lauren Egan.
“It is remarkable to see that Florida Atlantic University has reached this pinnacle of growth for which we are dedicating this beautiful edifice today,” said Brogan. “The new state-of-the-art technology in this building is a preview of the wonderful things to come for the Treasure Coast campus.”
Scheduled to open for classes in January 2009, the two-story, 31,432-square-foot facility doubles the existing classroom space on campus and provides needed office space for additional faculty and staff. Eighty-seven percent of the project’s construction workforce was from the Treasure Coast region.
This $10 million project was accompanied by $2.2 million for academic program growth. FAU’s Barry Kaye College of Business has expanded offerings on campus with more specialized degrees in accounting, finance, business administration, general management and marketing. Geomatics engineering, a unique bachelor’s degree program offered through FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, is now headquartered on campus, delivering the program locally and throughout Florida via distance learning technology.
“This facility greatly enhances FAU’s offerings and services to the Treasure Coast community,” said McPherson. “We are all looking forward to seeing this facility ‘come alive’ with classes and higher learning.”
A substantial amount of technology planning was an important part of the Phase II design, featuring the latest developments in instructional and distance learning. Upgrades include new technology to record class lectures for online review by students. In addition to increasing the number of courses offered on the Treasure Coast, this technology is also supportive of FAU’s Mission Green by reducing student and faculty commuting among campuses.
Phase II also meets the high standards of safety measures maintained by all FAU locations to ensure the well-being of students, faculty, staff and community members on campus. The Treasure Coast campus has undergone $94,000 in safety upgrades over the past two years. Measures include additional full-time, sworn law enforcement officers stationed on campus, emergency “blue light” phones, nearly 40 additional security cameras and improved door locking systems to increase security in the event of an emergency situation.
FAU: Making a Difference on the Treasure Coast
· In a recent study, FAU’s regional impact on St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Martin, Indian River, Palm Beach and Broward counties was estimated at $1.15 billion. For every dollar that the state of Florida invested in FAU, the University returned almost $5 to the state and local economy.
· University-wide, 89.5 percent of all full-time positions at FAU are high-skill, high-wage as defined by the Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast. With the recent physical growth that has taken place, FAU now ranks among the top 15 employers in St. Lucie County.
· Over the past year, the University’s capital investment on the Treasure Coast totaled $70 million and $10.7 million in increased operating funding. This investment includes $44.7 million for construction and renovation projects that will take place at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU in Fort Pierce.
· Now occupying 175 acres on the Treasure Coast, FAU serves 3,100 local students annually through academic degree and life enrichment programs.
· FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing researchers and St. Lucie Medical Center (SLMC) are collaborating to transform the entire hospital by intentionally grounding its operations in a “Caring” perspective. SLMC is engaging in the Magnet Recognition Program developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and as part of the process, the staff chose “Nursing as Caring” as the theoretical model to ground nursing practice.
· The Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition is now open for its inaugural school year. This K-8 charter laboratory school partners FAU with the St. Lucie County school system to develop cutting-edge research and development of innovative curriculum. FAU has dedicated $500,000 for Palm Pointe teachers to receive advanced training at the University.
· The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at FAU launched a “pipeline project” with Fort Pierce Central High School in October. This effort is designed to foster interest in becoming a physician among high school students. The two-year program includes monthly sessions, mentorship with FAU graduate students, tutoring from FAU pre-med students and experiential learning site visits.