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To see the impossible, we have to see the invisible.

Welcome to the new era of Owl excellence, where education, collaboration and athletics will converge under one renowned roof: The Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

The cutting-edge, 166,000-square-foot complex is the ultimate student recruitment and success center. By leveling up our performance in the classroom and in competition, as well as our leadership in innovation and business, the Schmidt Family Complex supports FAU’s bold vision to be the fastest-improving university in the country — and the world.

Opening in 2019, the building will transform FAU’s three key priorities: student success, executive education and athletic excellence.

Supporting Our Students

Success for all students starts with services, and the Schmidt Family Complex is North Campus’ hub for academic support.

At the heart of the complex is the Student Success Center, the core of services for all FAU undergraduates who need extra help with math classes at every level.

With Counseling and Tutoring Offices, students gain access to academic advising, counseling, peer mentorship services and more with peer and professional advisors early — and often.

FAU’s iconic Breezeway will extend across North University Drive to The Gateway, linking the heart of campus to the ultimate student fitness, recruitment, career and academic success center.

The Outdoor Terrace will feature tiered patio seating out of the sun’s glare. A shaded roof will cover five rows of terraced seating that — step by step — ascend above the Game Day Plaza.

The main artery to the heart of campus — University Drive — delivers students and fans directly to Stadium Plaza, the premier public space for Game Day activities. The Marching Owls will serenade fans while our spirit squad energizes the crowds passing through this high-traffic stretch.

Propelling Executive Education

Nearly one-third (31%) of the complex will house the College of Business Executive Education degree programs, corporate training, and non-credit professional development programs. . With an expanded home, we can offer a comprehensive suite of graduate and professional group study and meeting areas and executive-style classrooms featuring the latest in instructional technology in graduate education.

Innovation and responsiveness are key drivers of the College’s trajectory into the top tier of national business schools and the new home for the College of Business Executive Education will allow for ongoing and dynamic growth of its degree programs and executive education.

The crown jewel of the business wing is the Grand Classroom, a 144-seat, tiered lecture room dedicated to mastering personal, professional and educational goals. The classroom will host expert panel discussions, inspirational leaders and C-Level executives from a variety of businesses and industries. The neighboring Collaborative Classroom accommodates 84 students and features flexible sizing capability to accommodate both small and large student groups.

The business wing will house eight 45-seat tiered classrooms tailored for graduate and executive education training. All classrooms will be furnished with the latest in educational technology, including live streaming and recording capabilities.

And the Grand Concourse is a wrap-around corridor providing easy access to all 11 classrooms, group study rooms and open meeting space. A large reception area will crown the Concourse, greeting students and visitors alike, while meetings with executive program faculty and administrators is a short distance down this grand walkway.

Accelerating Athletic Excellence

Achieving success on a national level requires the best for our Owl athletes starting with the basics. From equipment to practice facilities, training to rehabilitation, film rooms to classrooms, the Schmidt Family Complex will help us become the nation’s epicenter of top-notch tools — and talent.

With an artificial turf, the Field House is the ultimate space to fortify player performance year-round. From Florida’s balmy winter to our steamy summer, teams can train on this indoor practice facility’s full-size football field no matter the forecast.

Strength, nutrition and wellness converge to optimize excellence in the Sports Performance Center. This top-of-the-line gym features strength training equipment with customized Olympic platforms. The center also includes a grand view of the two adjacent outdoor Practice Fields to the north, which feature a coaches’ observation tower positioned high in between, a natural turf, and stadium lights for nighttime practice.

Located next to the Locker Room, the Equipment Room is where all the grass-stained uniforms, protective padding or player equipment will go to get laundered, mended, fixed or cleaned — and ready for the next round.

Student-athletes can soak between three pools in the Hydrotherapy Room: one high-temperature pool and a cold-water plunge for the ultimate hydrotherapy experience. The room’s third pool features an underwater treadmill to support those working hard to get back on their game.

Generous Donors

Thank you to FAU’s steadfast supporters who have generously named spaces in the Schmidt Family Complex:


Richard L. ’70, Barbara C. Schmidt and the Schmidt Family Foundation
Avron B. Fogelman Sports Memorabilia Museum
Bobby ’17H and Barbara Campbell Academic Success Center
FAU Foundation Board Owl's Perch
Christine E. Lynn Sports Medicine Center
Eleanor R. Baldwin History and Tradition Hall
Moabery Family Leadership Wing
Drs. Alan B. Aker and Ann Kasten Aker Conference Room
Robert ’80 and Diane ’80 Bok Athletic Technology Center
Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Student Athlete Lounge
Dr. Richard J. Staller Home Football Locker Room
Kelli and Richard J. Staller Head Athletics Trainer’s Office
Northwestern Mutual/Striano Financial Group “Stairway to Success”
Diane More and Family MBA in Sport Management Office
Michael ’82 and Mindy Feldman Recruiting Suite
Irving M. Lurie Executive Office
Robert ’67 and Constance ’67 McGee Family Nursing Room
Diane, Donna and Daniel More Family Coffee Corner
Donna More Compliance Office
Steve and Brenda Weinstein Head Strength and Conditioning Coach’s Office
Dr. Michael T.B. Dennis Academic Director’s Office
Patricia ’78 and Gary ’78 McKay Tutoring and Counseling Office
Workman Family Tutoring and Counseling Office
Zachary ’97, ’00 and Michelle Berg Tutoring and Counseling Office
Gentile Family Tutoring and Counseling Office
L.G. Tutoring and Counseling Office
Groden Family Tutoring and Counseling Office
Stewart I. Martin ’89 Tutoring and Counseling Office
Dr. Elizabeth Scheiber Family Tutoring and Counseling Office

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